Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Is Texting Poetry? [You're The Expert]

"The poem is a form of texting ... it's the original text.  It's a perfecting of a feeling in language – it's a way of saying more with less, just as texting is. We've got to realise that the Facebook generation is the future – and, oddly enough, poetry is the perfect form for them. It's a kind of time capsule – it allows feelings and ideas to travel big distances in a very condensed form." --Carol Ann Duffy, UK Poet Laureate

I've milled this around a little, and thought about it a lot.  I mean, classic poetry is rife with words like "'twas?"  or "ere," and aren't those really just older contractions of  "'s" and "wherevs"?  Duffy's perspective has jarred my disdain for text speak into a more tolerant spectrum.  I'm not gonna lie.  Reading her thoughts on the subject didn't make me immediately tolerant of "ur" (which to me is an ancient Sumerian city) or "gr8" which literally grates my nerves (pun intended).  But, it is helping me not judge those who text me so harshly.

And then I got to thinking about how "IDK," "BTW," "WTF," "OMG," and "BRB" have made the transition from IMing into my every day vocabulary, and I thought, "I'm a total hypocrite."

Really, it takes creativity to come up with ways to condense the words you're trying to say... even if creativity is not the motive behind the effort.  So, I'm resolved to try to look at texting as poetry.  How 'bout you?  Are you willing to entertain the idea?  or are you adamantly against corrupting the language in such a way?  Tell us in the comments section.  'Cause after all, you're the expert on what you think.

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