As a graduate from and English lit program, i would say yes for two reasons. 1. Older forms of classical poetry are heavily metered and structured in a way that is no longer culturally satisfying. Freedom is our obsession and expression or storytelling that is restrictive is no longer satisfying. Rhyme is only slightly still relevant, but usually only so to juvenile poetry tastes.
2. I personally find modern/contemporary poetry to b a joke. Its usually rambling, or ten words in the centre of a page. There are writers and editors out there with prestige but really no talent, thinking they r REVOLUTIONARY. If the average persons heart doesn't soar from reading it then ur not fufilling the purpose of art in my opinion which is to beautifully express any aspect of the human condition. Unfortunately poetry is in the hands of university professors who have long ago lost touch with reality and really only cling to their degrees to feel better than others because they are insecure
Poetry is the most beautiful art. It's the spirit who doesn't have a voice and go us through the hand straight up in the paper. Most things poetry isn't art bcs they don't feel poetry like poets do. But if you felt it then youd change your mind
No I don't think it is I am a poet and I belong to the largest poetry community in the world we have like half a million poets on there I've even brought several onto the site. A website called AllPoetry. And we're very much alive a lot of us even have books or published poems. We keep the old poets alive to.
It's true though a lot of people make fun or us or ignore us now a days but you'd also be surprised how many people are actually poets in the shadows, without a soul knowing who or what they really do. But we are past our golden age, I'll quote Greg Bear when I say “Once, poets were magicians. Poets were strong, stronger than warriors or kings — stronger than old hapless gods. And they will be strong once again.”
Besides “Poets are the sense, philosophers the intelligence of humanity.” ― Samuel Beckett
And we have a job to do “The poet's job is to put into words those feelings we all have that are so deep, so important, and yet so difficult to name, to tell the truth in such a beautiful way, that people cannot live without it.” ― Jane Kenyon
And our work is important “A poet's work. . . to name the unnamable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world and stop it from going to sleep.” ― Salman Rushdie
And us ourselves? immortal because long after we're are gone our words shall remain and within them us forever immortalized in ink.
I doubt most people even truly know what poetry is in today's world
Poetry is an echo asking a shadow to dance within a realm of infinite possibilities. A world that does not abide by our worlds natural order, laws or physics. A place that is only as limited as the poet themselves, for poetry is experience written from the soul on the parchment that is life and only upon death shall the story be finished
Couldn't say but what little modern poetry I have heard has quite honestly sucked. It was "free form" it didn't really feel like poetry so much as talking. though some spoken word is good I personally never could get to into poetry despite wanting to simply because its always emotional, usually the same emotions in every poem. I would rather see a cerebral poem something that makes you think rather then another rehashed "love" poem or sex poem that has been done by so many others. But perhaps I am picky, so for me I don't usually notice poetry unless its actually different then the rest but I would say no its not dying probably just less mainstream (again from my personal perspective most likely because it got to casual in form or the themes are just repeated over and over again) but then spoken word, if you can count that as poetry seems to do well enough.