Poetry and interviews are both effective ways to communicate experiences. Poetry, in particular, allows people to express themselves through the use of metaphor and imagery. This allows readers to gain insight into an experience without being explicitly told what is happening or how they should feel about it. The words used can evoke powerful emotions and thoughts in a way that other forms of writing often cannot. Meanwhile, interviews allow for a more direct approach by allowing individuals to share their stories in their own words with others who might not otherwise be exposed to them.
The poems and interviews describe the same experiences. What makes each form effective?
For example, when talking about his experience as a gay man living in South Korea in the 1970s, poet Kim Hyesoon wrote: “I left my home on this night/swimming between stars/I felt like I was swimming against an invisible wall/no one could break it down” This powerfully conveys the feelings of isolation and loneliness he must have experienced during that time without needing to say so directly.
On the other hand, if someone were interviewed about the same experience they may explain the difficulties they faced living openly as a gay person in such an oppressive environment at that time: “People would look at me differently whenever I expressed my identity- it was hard for me because I always felt like I had something to hide.” This gives a much clearer picture of how challenging life must have been while also showing how difficult it was even just expressing oneself openly there during this period of history.
In conclusion, poetry and interviews offer different perspectives on similar experiences which makes them both effective forms of communication. Whereas poems allow people to convey powerful emotions through metaphor and imagery; interviews give individuals the opportunity to tell their stories directly from their own perspective so that readers can gain insight into personal experiences which might otherwise remain hidden or unknown.