Thursday, February 1, 2018

STACIA LYNN REYNOLDS

WELCOME
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OUR POETRY ARCHIVE

“In spite of difference of soil and climate, of language and manners, of laws and customs, in spite of things silently gone out of mind and things violently destroyed, the Poet binds together by passion and knowledge the vast empire of human society, as it is spread over the whole earth, and over all time. The objects of the Poet’s thoughts are everywhere; though the eyes and senses of man are, it is true, his favorite guides, yet he will follow wheresoever he can find an atmosphere of sensation in which to move his wings. Poetry is the first and last of all knowledge—it is as immortal as the heart of man.”
~William Wordsworth, “Preface to Lyrical Ballads"

Literary masterpieces, written pieces of artistic technique, acknowledged and accepted in ancient societies into the society we live in today, has instructed, informed, enlightened, and entertained generations. From the beginning works of ancient classic literature into the modern world of literature today, literary masterpieces have expanded the consciousness of man. Literary masterpieces have been, and continue to bestudied, analyzed, and criticized. Generations of literary scholars and students of literature have sought to define, classify, and determine the role each piece literature has on society today as well as societies and cultures before them.

Classic literature stimulates the human thought process today as it did in the ancient cultures. Through a writer’s written technique, cultures have read myths about life’s questions concerning the creation of humanity, why they have been created, and promises of an eternal life. Epic poetry has dealt with war, heroes, and everyday living that draws the mind to morality, ethics, and conduct. The Romantic Era and its literary genius drew the beauty of the world into words; including politics, war, love, and nature. It is through these literary masterpieces; I found understanding and appreciation of genius of thought, along with the artistic written techniques of classical literature. The creation of characters and the drama that flows from them, enhances my thinking process through the writer’s purpose and meaning of intent. Coming to an understanding of intent through allegory and symbolism of the words used within the context of various works, has deepened my comprehension of literary masterpieces. The results of deepened thought go beyond my expectations, as I encounter and read more works of classical literature. I believe these literary works enhances the sense of spirituality and mortality in life, and can have an enormous impact upon today’s society.

Beginning with the Ancient Period of literature, up to today’s Contemporary literary masterpieces, the standards and qualities found within the pages affects the reader. The art of literature which individuals bring, draws emotion through their writing. They play an enormous role today as they did in the ancient cultures. Though cultures and political ideals have been ever changing, the standard and qualities that make literature a masterpiece remains the same. Literary masterpieces and its human expression of symbolic value will continue to possess the reader with powerful and emotional words.

Please take time and enjoy the talent Our Poetry Archive has added to the February 2018 General Edition. This February we are also introducing fifteen new poets for the first time. We are also glad to present Poet Fethi Sassi of Tunisia as the Poet Of the Month. Readers will find the interview with the poet for the first time in OPA. We sincerely thank each poet and reader who is actively involved in this wonderful monthly web journal and continued their support of Our Poetry Archive.

Those who would like to participate in our upcoming editions, please send at least three poems and a profile picture, along with the explicit confirmation, of your permission, for publication of your copy righted materials in OPA well before the 20th of every month. Also, please state your country of origin, mother language, nationality, and where you reside along with your short Bio written only in 3rd person narrative. Finally, please specify in the subject line of your email which edition you are submitting to, to avoid any confusion, and to assure your poems are published in the correct edition. Thank you! Our Poetry Archive’s email address is: ourpoetryarchive@gmail.com

Author Stacia Lynn Reynolds, editor, sincerely thanks each poet, poetess and reader who is actively involved in this wonderful blog and continued support of Our Poetry Archive!

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