Ink in Isolation: Delving into the Poetic Responses to the Global Pandemic
Keywords:COVID-19, pandemic poetry, 21st century poetry, pandemic literature, reflections.
The outbreak of the global pandemic has had a profound impact on various aspects of human life, including the arts. Poetry, as a literary form, has emerged as a powerful means of expression during these challenging times. This paper delves into the realm of pandemic poetry, examining the ways in which poets have responded to and reflected upon the crisis. This study examines the characteristics of pandemic poetry published in the anthology titled Together in Strangeness: America's Poets Respond to the Pandemic, edited by Alice Quinn which was published in 2020 during the peak of the pandemic when a definitive resolution was yet to be ascertained. Through an analysis of selected poems, this study explores the themes, emotions, and artistic techniques employed by poets to capture the essence of the pandemic experience. It considers the unique role of poetry in providing solace, connection, and a creative outlet amidst isolation and uncertainty. Additionally, the paper discusses the broader literary significance and legacy of pandemic poetry, shedding light on its potential to inspire resilience, foster collective healing, and serve as a testament to the human spirit. By engaging with these poetic responses, we gain insight into the power of words to confront, process, and transcend the challenges of our time.