National Bad Poetry Day 2017

National Bad Poetry Day or Bad Poetry Day is a celebration that proves the saying “the pen is mightier than the sword” correct.  This day gives credit to “bad” poetry; poetry that glorifies wrong doings, boring poetry, poetry about death or any kind of poetry that people will see as “bad.”

When is Bad Poetry Day 2017?

Bad Poetry Day is on Friday, August 18th, 2017.

Bad Poetry Day  is always celebrated on August 18th.

How did Bad Poetry Day begin?

There is no official declaration when Bad Poetry Day really started or who made Bad Poetry Day.  But the creator of this day must have liked the kind of poetry that is about bad things; perhaps comparing Shakespeare’s sonnets with these kinds of poetry, the sonnets were worse for him.

What will people do on Bad Poetry Day?

For those who appreciate “bad poetry” they conduct bad poetry readings in their local library or bookstore.  They also host parties where bad poetry is read.  They have conventions or contests where examples of bad poetry are shown or whoever can make the worst poetry be given a prize.

“Good” vs. “Bad” Poetry

As the old verse goes “Poetry is the language of the soul;” this means poems are channels of emotion. Loves, sadness, joy, admiration, anger, the cause of these emotions and among others are the usual themes of poetry.  But if the theme surrounds on macabre things or wishing ill-will to someone or if the poem talks about very trivial albeit boring things, these can be considered bad.

But the word “bad” may mean different things to different people.  An adult who can understand the “Ulalume” by Edgar Allan Poe will love reading the poem again and again, whereas a high school student will think Edgar Allan Poe is just a drunkard who got lucky.  And on the other note, an adult may hate a poem about “crushes” but a high school student will be interested in that.

Of course, there are the poetry experts.  These are the people who studied and who do critiques on poetry.  A perfect example of their work is shown below:

The 1st poem is an excerpt from the poem entitled “Ode to a Grecian Urn” by John Keats.  The poem below it is by Margaret Cavendish.

Thou still unravish’d bride of quietness,
Thou foster-child of silence and slow time,
Sylvan historian, who canst thus express
A flowery tale more sweetly than our rhyme:
What leaf-fring’d legend haunt about thy shape
Of deities or mortals, or of both,
In Tempe or the dales of Arcady?
What men or gods are these? What maidens loth?

(Thanks to artofeurope)

All that doth flow we cannot liquid name
Or else would fire and water be the same;
But that is liquid which is moist and wet
Fire that property can never get.
Then ’tis not cold that doth the fire put out
But ’tis the wet that makes it die, no doubt.

(Thanks to wmich)

John Keats’ poem talks about a Grecian urn; a jar used to keep food and other commodities in Ancient Greece while Margaret Cavendish’s poem is about the difference of fire and water.  The ode looks into the history of Greece and its rich literature.  But the fire and water poem seems to talk about a 3-year old child’s analysis on why water puts out fire. Now, the Ode has been recommended in most literature subjects and not Margaret’s.  Why?  Critiques find it, well…childish.

When is Bad Poetry Day 2018?

Bad Poetry Day is on Saturday August 18, 2018.

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