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The Art of Speaking Words

Merell Lystra L. Recta

Robert Frost once remarked, “Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.”feature

From Joyce Kilmer’s best-known work entitled “Trees,” the rich blend of words and creativity never perishes as time flies by, and this combination is greatly appreciated by people—regardless of their age or educational attainment. Poetry doesn’t necessarily measure one’s intelligence. Rather, it focuses on what the author’s heart really speaks. However, written poetry seems uncommon to the current generation, and instead, spoken poetry is the new trend— where the author performs his or her piece in front of an audience, with any kind of theme, and is performed in a hip-hop kind of way.

Somewhere in the 1980s, a Chicago poet introduced a looser poetry medium contrary to academic poetry where it was too structured. He was known as “Slampapi,” and founded National Poetry Slam which, until today, is still being conducted. This kind of poetry was a blast to the masses, because it is easier to understand than the written ones.

Have you ever read a classical poem, but even after reading it a couple of times, you are unable to understand the underlying theme behind it, or if you do, are still doubtful about it? Although it is accepted that various people have different interpretations of a poem, understanding the whole thing is better than leaving the rest of your curiosity unanswered.

With the passion for introducing spoken poetry to Silliman, a spoken word competition was held at the Audio Visual Theater last Feb. 3 to showcase the talents of Sillimanians, especially when it comes to poetry. On the second year of this competition, the organizers believe that poetry can still appeal to the youth, and that poetry isn’t dead as many perceive it to be.

The pieces were written differently, but still connected in some way. Most talked about the pain of moving on, which made the crowd howl in bewilderment—perhaps because the audience can relate to what the performer feels or was trying to portray. There was also a performer who talked about dreams, and another who talked about how a woman should be treated.

The rhythm of words gives a melodious echo to our inner soul that can touch our hearts and spurt the tears out of our eyes. The words—either spoken or written—can dig the softest part of our hearts. Although it can make us emotional, spoken poetry can also give us lessons which we need to remember.

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