Thursday, November 17, 2005

Poetry and iPods

There is this interesting article in The Herald entitled "Poetry for the iPod Generation.” The iPod has revolutionized the music industry and now with video playback capabilities the iPod will change the way people watch TV, movies, etc. It's no surprise then that the iPod will also soon change the way we appreciate literature. I can now use my iPod and listen to "Ode on a Grecian Urn" in my car with the volume turned up. So instead of bumping deep bass beats, I'll bump verse instead.

I do believe this new medium will give rise to the next generation of poets. Poets who accept the end of print culture and who are able to utilize this new form of distribution will be the ones whose voices are heard in a digital society. We have already seen poetry revert to its oral tradition i.e. performance poetry and spoken word. The iPod will make it easier for people to listen to poetry in their everyday lives. The possibilities are endless!

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