I don't think poetry is ignored, I think there is an awful lot of it that's just the same, and this can desensitize anyone wanting to read new and interesting poetry.
When I started posting here a month ago, the very first person to comment on my work, said it was like a breath of fresh air in the poetry world.
I don't know how to comment on something like that because I just write about what interests me (I write spiritual/metaphysical poems that focus heavily on visualisation and emotion).
I have been published (quite along time ago) and it was one of the proudest moments of my life, but I view my poetry as a hobby that I like to play around with and if people like what I publish on DA, then that's good, because they felt something that connected with them.
Sometimes, my work will be favourited within a minute of being published on DA, and this is fine, but what I like is when somebody takes the time to comment on my work, and mention how a particular verse or poem in its entirety made them feel.
Often I see art on DA that leaves me speechless with its beauty, and sometimes I find it difficult to verbalise what I mean to say in a standard comment, so I may leave a comment as a poetic verse, or send the artist a private message. I find it easier communicating via poetic words.
What I have found is that if people like my work, they eventually stop favouriting it as they go along and add me to their watch list (which is what I do with fellow artists whose work really touches me).
Benjamin-BiddixFeatured By OwnerDec 4, 2012Hobbyist General Artist
3-5 word comments are annoying I feel your pain there. Yes most poetry is " I cut myself because mommy did not hug me" shit, but on occasion you will find a good one, I have about 3 who also write my style...I find you writing quite fantastic by the way.
Honestly, based on reading poetry on the site, and elsewhere, I think poetry has a PR problem. It seems that so much of the darned stuff is the typical melodramatic teenaged first world issue stuff. It seems to me that it's those teens who dominate in 'free' poetry publishing. When I have to read 20 poems to find one decent one, I'm going to be a lot less inclined to check out the poetry on a site. At least with fiction, I know right off the bat to skip most fan fiction, and almost everything involving superheroes, vampires, or teenagers in school, which helps narrow down where to look for good stuff. That doesn't seem possible with poetry, by the nature of its typical organization.
Also, I want to thank you for posting this, because I've got the beginning of a poem to write down now. You people are all being incredibly inspiring lately!
The bronies thing doesn't bug me at all. I'm a secret brony. But the emo stuff... ugh, I know it's a phase pretty much every teenager goes through, but it's really not the sort of thing I want to read.
It seems that poems are generally losing popularity due to being significantly shorter than stories are.
Unfortunately, we tend to remember stories a lot better than poems, as they have a lot more words in them, and they get significantly longer. However, I think poetry can be inserted into a story. For example, a character that wants to win their love interest's heart might resort to poetry. In this sense, I wouldn't say that poetry is ignored.
However, it does sadden me that there aren't as many poems as there were in the past.
Let's just say. Poetry is about expressing those who need it. It can be private, but could be open also. Depends on how you write, and what the poem is about. Most of my poetry, in which, I'll be putting up when I get the time. "If" you say poetry is ignored; it's because some of the people enjoy photography - $namenotrequired: It's not about the larger polls in views or artist - Artists can be divided in literture, photography, and et cetera. But, it you want to live up to the aspects, you can be all those in which I know. I'm mainly a poet but I enjoy my feelings in words. My photography can be expressed in nature in beauty
Let's just say. Poetry is about expressing those who need it. It can be private, but could be open also. Depends on how you write, and what the poem is about. Most of my poetry, in which, I'll be putting up when I get the time. "If" you say poetry is ignored; it's because some of the people enjoy photography - $namenotrequired: It's not about the larger polls in views or artist - Artists can be divided in literture, photography, and et cetera. But, it you want to live up to the aspects, you can be all those in which I know. I'm mainly a poet but I enjoy my feelings in words. My photography can be expressed in nature in beauty.
Poetry is usually either very good, or just bad. Personally I've gotten very good responses from my poems, but poetry is generally a thing for the specifically interested, except for the occasional simple and brilliant masterpiece, which if you look at them and analyze them are: short, simple and makes every word have an impact on the poem. Again, my experience talking, the really simple ones seem to be what is enjoyed the most by those who aren't especially interested in poetry.
For example: I wrote a poem called "Hungry", which essentially goes "I'm hungry.", and during 5 mins I got 2 +favs and 15 views, and the view counter doesn't even count the ones who looks at it in the thingamajig page where you see the newest deviations(It's really short ), and this was when most americans (should) be asleep (~5am, west coast time).
Benjamin-BiddixFeatured By OwnerNov 26, 2012Hobbyist General Artist
yea, my poems ( try ) to be short and the view counts for all of them are 100+ but few faves, which doe not matter honestly because look at the fandoms. ...but in reality it depends on what is popular in the art world, Fanficton, angst emo kids etc. Faves don't make the better writer or artist in my opinion it just makes me feel odd that it gets hate from (some) of the DA community.....my opinion is that they don't want to read. *cough Americans cough* ( but I am american myself, I know that is mean thing to say but it is kinda a fact, at least in my state )
poetry is the main form of literature i read here on DA followed by fan fiction then the very occasional fiction. fan fiction is very adictive i feel the need to point out, but i also believe that many people that do not read poety believe that all or at least most of it are sappy love poems. and that puts a lot of people off
Poetry is pretty much all I write and I have no complaints. I have some very strong established friendships with other authors on this site and we watch and critique each others work. If you are looking to draw more attention to your work just make that work stand out or find others with similar styles as you. If you are expecting DA to lift your notoriety to being the next Shakespeare your simply expecting too much but if you try hard enough you will get out what you put in.
There's a surprisingly unknown concept in fiction where people will watch beloved characters do anything no matter how boring. The reason fanfiction succeeds is because of that very concept.
And yeah poetry is just terrible. Even the best poets in the world can only put out 1 or 2 decent lines so how can you expect amateurs to create anything of literary merit. If you don't have that primal connection with words and metaphysics you can't even appreciate poetry, while on the other hand many people can enjoy a novel or short story.
Except for a few powerful lines I've read in my lifetime, the vastness of worthless poetry is deeper than any ocean.
People ignore things that don't interest them. Therefore, I 'ignore' poetry (for the most part. sometimes something catches my eye.) because I don't like it. Same with why I 'ignore' fractal art or anthro. Nothing against it, just not my cup of tea.
If one art form is more 'ignored' than another, then it's just a reflection of the general population of da's interests. I don't reckon that one art form or another is unfairly ignored here. There's brilliant art and rubbish art in any category.
So if fanfiction seems popular, it's because lots of people like it. And good for them. If you're not writing fanfiction, then you don't have to give a toss how popular it is. It's not stealing your audience. (Incidentally, the writers who try and get critique in the monthly sticky for their fanfics would tell you they are overlooked in their in favour of 'original' work. )
For me it's not even a matter of style per se. I'm not dogmatic about styles, but for me the focus has to be on evoking a response from the reader. I suppose if I were to offer something more thoughtful than "it sucks", I'd say that most DA poets seem too self-absorbed to consider the reader, and are concerned mainly with (as you say) dumping out their own emotions.
People are here for what interests them. There's no point trying to get attention to your poetry from people that are here for photography or fan fiction - just two arbitrary examples that have a larger public. Not just more viewers, more artists too, and in fact, more underappreciated artists too.
This is such a common misconception, it's grating on the nerves. People seem to post a single poem, maybe two, and then decide it's fruitless after a few days...without reaching out themselves.
Reaching out does not have to mean "give a comment, get a comment". Join a group or two. Participate in a comment. Participate in those groups with prompts (transliterations and ScreamPrompts come to mind, but I'm sure there are others). We are a kind of community here, admittedly quite small compared to the visual part of the site, but we exist and are as active as any other group of artists on the site. You just have to look for it, and it really is not that hard.