Medan Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta — Basically, Indonesian people are poets. Poetry is a metaphor. Nowadays metaphors develop with other language styles. The excellence of poetry is the sound similarity. Long before the Europeans came, Indonesian was a nation that reads and writes.
This was revealed by writer and researcher Maman S Mahayana in the discussion of "Apa dan Siapa Penyair Indonesian" book at National Library of Indonesia Soekarman Theatre on Wednesday (24/7).
Modern poetry and traditional poetry are true expressions of emotions, moods, tastes of their creators. Modern poetry and traditional poetry, a person will be more aware of himself to observe, admire, or think about the environment and natural surroundings.
" Modern poetry and traditional poetry contain national cultural wisdom. In addition, Modern poetry and traditional poetry are mirror of the nation's civilisation, so its existence must be maintained and preserved so that it can be known and enjoyed for future generations, "said Deputy of Library Material Development and Information Services of National Library, Ofy Sofiana, before opening the book discussion.
In addition to holding book discussion, a musical poetry performance by Ahmadun Yofi Hernanda, Atik Bintoro, Sihar Ramses Simatupang, Rinidiyanti Ahyabi and Asrizal Nur was also displayed.