Edgar Allen Poe once said he would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of beauty. On Wednesday, the 29th of August, 2018 at Seth M.R. Jaipuria School’s Literary Club, completely aware of the magical effect of poetry, held its first spoken word poetry session for the academic year of 2018-19. There were a number of eager participants all the way from the sixth standard to the twelfth. Some of these were attending the session for the first time, and their enthusiasm was sky-high, while some were veterans of the activity. The session was also graced by the presence of the Principal.
These participants narrated self-composed poems, over a variety of genres, ranging from Bloodshed, the gruesome reality of war, and sacrifice to the sixth standard’s humorous poems on their love for food. A few composed poems about wallflowers and some also yearned to shed light over women empowerment and climate change issues. The poems were extremely expressive and reflected raw talent.
Apart from a marvelous section on narrating poetry, the session also included talking about the constituents of poetry. The students were seen discussing poetic devices — including differentiating between Anaphora and Refrain. The students also talked about a few fun facts, and of the theory that says that the zero was not invented by Aryabhatta, but an unknown Indian. The seven Cardinal sins, corresponding to their circles of Hell were also deliberated upon.
All in all, it was a wonderful, interactive session, and a successful venture by the literary club. It included in its purview both light -hearted and poignant poetry, and broke barriers by talking about social issues with the youth along with poetry. I yet again proved to be a safe space for the budding writers and poet of Jaipuria.