Saturday, April 16, 2011

Poems to me - Now and then

During the school days, I read, understood and prepared myself for question & answers (for good marks) but never enjoyed the poems or stories as much as I do now, when I reread the same poems and stories. I feel at that age I was not mature enough to comprehend fully their style and meaning. What I largely saw was that the students as well as the teachers were only interested in completing the syllabus as soon as possible.

Another reason for not having enjoyed literature so well during the school days is that it was mostly studied and crammed during intense time pressure of exams and tests. Because of this  I was hardly able to appreciate the beauty and greatness of many of these poems.

One of the other big reason is that there was no general encouragement for studying languages and parents were mostly after subjects like maths and pure sciences. Literature was the bad boy. I do not know if the situation in schools has changed. Its a pity if as a society we stop appreciating these great forms of art that add and contribute so much to our life.


Manivannan Sadasivam said...

Believe me, Sneha....It has got more worse. My little bro is seventh, and the stories he tells only makes me worry that we are manufacturing children as earning machines.

And, could well connect with u, as far as poems and literature are concerned. I, too, never enjoyed them. And, am now, well aware it's the fault of our education system and teachers.

Have u watched the movie, "The dead poets society?" It would be a treat, if u love poems :-)

Your post would make people think! Good job here, dear friend.

Have a blessed week ahead!

Shree Rama Jayam :-)

Mulling Over My Thoughts said...

Mulling Over My Thoughts said...

I've always been the odd ball! I used to finish reading all my books in the week before school began...and then never bothered to revisit them again throughout the year! (Which I think, explains my ordinary grades!)
And I've always loved poetry...since the first day I read one! I can still recite some of them in parts! I think I owe it to my teachers who were simply fantastic...I wanna go back to school and teach someday...considering my record though, I wonder if they'll have me back!

KParthasarathi said...

You are right.As young students we are not equipped to enjoy the poems as we do when we get older and seen life in its various moods