Arch Hades on The Power of Poetry to Speak to the Heart


22nd Jun 2020 Life

The intense moments of Arch Hades’ life thrill and impact her verses. When writing poems, Hades tries to depict personal sentiments that she experiences through different intricacies of life, both joy, and tragedy.

Grief is all the love, that is left unspent

When a departure, a full heart outlives

All that resides inside, becomes torment

Lamenting all the love one could not give 

Grief – Arch Hades


"Poetry has to communicate," said Arch Hades. “Poetry is about capturing a universal emotion through aesthetics in language. It should be something everyone has felt, but may not have been able to decipher and describe, and it is the job of the poet to express it and make it resonate.”

Living in London, Valverde is the most awarded and recognized poet of modern contemporary poetry in England. Before taking up Poetry as the pinnacle of her career, she spent years in Parliament. The British poet is well-read and educated with a degree in Politics, Economics, and Philosophy. She is also the author of High Tide: Poetry and Post Cards. It remains a best-seller till date.

High Tide features a complete collection of poetry centred on love and loss. The book also features postcards from the author’s real-life traveling chronicles, postcards she makes from her own photography. “Photographs have the power to convey a unique perspective.”

High Tide Part 1 features poetry that forms a blend between the bittersweet and often intense reality of complicated romantic relationships that do not reach a happy ending. The poetry showcases us human beings at the misery of seeking love and affection, often describing our lives an unfathomable concept without it.

That volume of poetry is inspired by Hades’ personal setback in her romantic life, which she describes as: "It was a difficult long-distance relationship, and we weren't a good match. But the love was real, and I wanted to capture it while I felt it. I'm grateful to him for being my muse and inspiration. I only want good things for him."

Part 2 of the best-selling book contains a collection of Postcards which depict the poet in picturesque moments. Each moment and reflection on life in foreign lands is captured in a frantic and scenic display which captivates the eye.

Hades developed an affection for literature ever since she was a teenager growing up in an all-girls boarding school. "Reading gives you somewhere to go when you have to stay where you are. And so, I wanted to be like my heroes. I wanted to be a poet. You're never really ready for anything; you just have to start. So, I started writing then and there. I’ve remained fond of the big names, Somerset Maugham and Joseph Brodsky are some strong influences”.

The young poet also drew inspiration from Lord Byron, who remains the avant-garde in poetry. She even named Byron, her corgi, after the poet. Hades’ follows the footsteps of the romantic poet, traveling around the world and taking up the same career trajectory.

“The dream is to immerse yourself in the surroundings that make the sentimental heart beat faster, for me, that’s Gothic and Baroque architecture. Whatever aethetic resonates with you, immerse yourself there.” She is an ardent proponent of traditional poetry, that leans on the four vital pillars of poetry – rhythm, rhyme, meaning and aesthetics (can you see it; can you feel it).

"It was very unexpected. If it is already difficult to promote your poetry at home, imagine yourself in a foreign country that also does not speak the same language. This was a very great satisfaction,” Valverde stated.

Hades commented that when a poet publishes their work, people consider them a poet. However, the poet only feels like a poet when they write poetry. The rest of the time, Hades explained, the poet faces the fear that "poetry has abandoned them."

To capture public interest in poetry in general, Hades opined that it is the responsibility of poets to make an effort to make their poetry more communicative and adapted to our times.

Hades tells us, "Poetry speaks people's hearts," she said. “The great poetry of the world is understood by the many and above all the great poetry of the world transmits emotions felt my the many – it impacts you, it excites you, it reveals to you something about the world and yourself. Through it, it may connect you to something bigger.”

And of course, the young poet of London has managed to capture the media’s attention both nationwide and internationally in Europe. The Sunday Times, Forbes, Daily Mail, Female First, New Zealand Herald, Essex Magazine, and many others.

She adds, “it was very unexpected. If it is already difficult to promote your poetry at home, imagine yourself in a foreign country that does not speak the same language. This was a very great satisfaction.”

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