What is it about poetry that entices us to tap into our well of creativity? After all, a poem’s denouement is subject to various interpretations. The deeper meaning is typically nested in between the lines for artistic flair—the punchline needn’t be so obvious as to be appreciated.

Idealized love as sang by the bards and immortalized by poets don’t stand up well to careful scrutiny. Timeless melodies, then, provide that emotional uplift even as we grapple with our own shortcomings—hopeless romantics in free-fall.

You see, poetry is more than rhymes and stanzas. There’s poetry in the beauty of creative thoughts. Nature’s tease about the apparent unification of the earth or ocean and sky suggests something majestic just beyond the horizon. Is there a more “happiest thought” than Einstein’s theories? Are the “strings” that serenade the heavens as pleasing to the ear as Brahms’s violin concertos?

Can there be a more harmonious structure than DNA? The central dogma of biology hints at the inherent beauty and power of collective thoughts. Discoveries are hardly about one individual, though. Albert Einstein borrowed from the work of Max Planck for his ground-breaking work on the photoelectric effect. So did James Watson of Rosalind Franklin for the structure of DNA.The complex mechanisms made simple, nevertheless with a set of rigid rules not unlike a haiku.

Finally, if a picture is worth a thousand words, what metaphor or hyperbole denotes a gem of poetry? The nuance of words is unsophisticated and tickles our fancy. It compels us to dabble at one of the most artistic forms of expression. And when we’re tuned in to this rhythmic melody, nature’s ensemble reveals its unfinished symphony.

 

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