Popular genres of poetry
Times change, but the main, most important themes of poetry remain unchanged. Often, reading Lermontov or Akhmatova, we are surprised to find out in a few lines our own feelings and experiences. And how many more examples of the connection of times can be found in the lyrics! Poetry as if comes into confrontation with the popular claims that “people are now not the same as before.” In fact, at all times people of different countries were concerned with similar topics – the theme of love, home country, the meaning of life, life values.
It is safe to say that the theme of love is one of the central themes of the lyrics of most poets. Their pen describes this feeling from various points of view – inexperienced but dear to the heart first love, and passion, and despair, and hopeless unrequited love, and the bitterness of losing a beloved, and the feeling of leaving love and changing it with other feelings. Who does not remember the famous Pushkin lines:
I loved you: love still, perhaps
In my soul it did not fade away completely;
But don’t let her worry you anymore;
I do not want to sadden you with anything.
In Tyutchev, we find the lines about a completely different love – passionate, all-consuming:
And who is in abundance of sensations,
When blood boils and gets cold,
I did not know your temptations –
Suicide and Love!
Why is the theme of love so exciting poets of different eras? Apparently, the fact is that creativity is almost always based on strong, vivid emotions, and what could be brighter, especially for a young man, than happiness and the bitterness of love? Love is associated with such a variety of feelings and emotions that this topic is practically inexhaustible, and every poet is able to bring his unique note to it.
Often the poets are also concerned about the topic of citizenship and patriotism. Let us recall the famous words of Ryleev: “I am not a poet, but a citizen,” or Nekrasov: “You may not be a poet, / But you must be a citizen.” Why is it so important to be more than just a poet? Why was the poet’s excessive isolation from life at all times condemned? Obviously, a true poet must be connected with society, with his era. In the poems the “fate of the poet” should be traced so that they become true verses. Yes, it is easier to write on “high themes”, but as we can easily see, in history there are mostly poets who are not indifferent to their time, living not only with their imagination, but also with the present.
In addition, at all times philosophical themes were reflected in poetry — for example, the theme of the impermanence of life, the meaning and values of life. Pushkin ponders:
… years go by
And how many here you can see,
We will all go under the eternal arches –
And somebody’s hour is near.
These themes are also very important for poetry. Traditionally, questions about the meaning of life or about eternal values are the most difficult, practically intractable, and poetry is the way to offer a solution. In addition, it is verses that are perceived by many creative people as a symbol of eternal life, as the main thing that a person can leave, as the highest value and the highest right of the poet. Many believe that they will remain in the memory of their descendants precisely because of the verses, and history knows many such cases.