Life, like poetry, has a specific form and flow. Poetry has iambic pentameter and verses while life has milestones and lessons. For each phase of life, there are choices to be made and successes to be celebrated. Poetry has many parallels to life, and sometimes, this aspect goes without notice and appreciation.
Renaissance and English literature are rich with poetry. Many plays are formed on the foundation of poetry. Think about life as a play. There are five acts; each act is a portion of life. The first act is where the story begins and forms the setting; for us, life begins. The second act tells the storyline and introduces characters; for us, experiences come and relationships form. The third act brings the action and is the longest act in the play; for us, we are living life and in the midst of hitting peak milestones, also the longest stage of life. The fourth act makes connections and reveals lessons; for us, youthful memories collide with adulthood and metaphors find meaning. The fifth and final act ties everything together, and ultimately, someone dies; for us, the life we have lived for however many years comes to an end, being a mere memory for someone else.
That memory you leave depends on the impact you have made: positive or negative. Much like a poem or play, they are only as memorable as their impact. The good ones will be remembered and cherished, and the bad ones will be forgotten and scorned. The legacy that is left behind, resembled by a small dash between two years, should be powerful, meaningful, and honorable. When your name is mentioned long after you are gone, it should bring a smile to someone’s face and a recollection of fond memories should come flooding back. Some poems are so impactful that it only takes one read to establish that, and for life, there is only one chance. With age, perspectives change, but sometimes, it is too late to act on that.
All throughout poetry there are metaphors. Nothing is said in a poem without methodical intentions. Hidden meaning lies behind each and every word and phrase. Life is peppered with metaphors. Everything we encounter in life has a purpose; lessons and guidance can be discovered in unsuspecting places. The next time you see something a little out of place or come across something unexpectedly, consider it a metaphor for your life and challenge yourself to discover the meaning.
The principles of poetry provide a literary approach to gaining insights. Poetry can inspire and provoke great thought. This thought can drive and empower life. The correlation between life and poetry is incredible, and they should absolutely be valued at the highest evaluation, verse by verse.
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