My Thoughts on Writing Political Poetry

Colleen M. Chesebro

Composing political poetry is one way a poet can weigh in and share their opinion on current events and politics around the world. These poems tend to critique or defend the social and political issues of the day.

The Poetry shares:

“Plato wanted to banish poets from his Republic because they can make lies seem like truth. Shelley thought poets were “the unacknowledged legislators of the world,” and Auden insisted that “poetry makes nothing happen.”

So… what constitutes a political poem? Is there a specific format? What words does a political poem contain?

Certainly at the forefront of political poetry is “Resistance Poetry.” This is the poetry of dissent and social criticism, including social concern and conscience. 

This type of poetry is passionate. The poet defines the topic and weaves their words to share their experiences. It’s not merely about outrage. You must have a personal connection to…

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