Poetry's New Aims in the Aesthetically Pleasing, Readily Digestible World of Instagram Photos
Instagram has totally changed the environment of the poetry world and I believe that Rupi Kaur, Tyler Knott and the other famous Instagram poets are pioneers of a practice that one day will be expected from, or seen as second nature to, poets (if it is not already). The social media platform has commoditized the art of poetry and shrunk it to not much more than Hallmark card proverbs and meditations on nature and love— in short, exactly what most people think poetry is. It is not strange that people flock to this type of poetry on Instagram, because most programs in schools teach their students that poetry should be about the ego, "deep", vague and confusing (and should rhyme). The Instagram poets are giving their mass audiences exactly what they want in order to ensure virality, success, more followers, and being able to actually live off of their art, the last of which no poet can truly blame them for.