He may have written the love song that defined a generation (see: Baby) but when it comes to poetry, Justin Bieber has a lot to learn. At least, that’s what his Instagram followers seem to think. When Justin posted a romantic poem written for his wife, Hailey, the Prince of Pop (no offence, Sean Mendes) received a ton of comments trolling his creative writing abilities, so much so that he actually deleted and re-uploaded the poem- with edits. Really.
‘Sunlight falls into the Abyss , Just like I fall into your lips,’ the poem begins, ‘Waves crash onto the shore, My love for you grows more and more. Sound of the crickets a true meditation, I think about you, Gods greatest creation.
‘As i fall into this blissful state, I ponder on how you’re my one true SOULMATE’, he continues, ‘Its getting dark to dark to see, A chilling breeze embraces me. The smell of camomile fresh from the garden, My life is a movie that both of us star in. Speaking of stars I’m starting to see some, They light up the sky, reminds me of my freedom
Captioning a picture of his supermodel wife looking unbelievable in front of the Eiffel Tower, he finished his rhymes with, ‘How big and how vast our world is around us, So grateful for god we were lost but he found us. So i write the poem with him always in mind, Things all around us Just get better with time.’
The grammatical mistakes, the somewhat informal tone and the cliched rhymes have since been picked apart by his social media followers, whom are all apparently experts in poetry. While some may see it as a bit of fun to troll Justin for however shit you believe his poem to be, there is an air of snooty elitism to the entire criticism.
And in fact, actual experts of poetry have found much more meaning in his rhymes. At least, our expert poet has. Speaking to award-winning poet and lecturer for various universities including the University of Oxford, Middlesex University and Royal Holloway, we got the real critical analysis of Justin’s poem from Kate Potts.
‘Taking its cue from the Romantic poets - Keats, Wordsworth, Shelley,’ Kate says, ‘this poem of neat rhyming couplets meditates on Bieber’s love for his wife Hailey, and his gratitude to God, through a series of images that celebrate the beauty and wonder of the natural world. The shifts in scale – from lips to the abyss, from crickets to god – communicate a sense of awe, and an appreciation of each precise detail as part of god’s design.
‘The poem suggests a peaceful, idyllic space - crashing waves, crickets, camomile, stars in the night sky,’ she continued, ‘but there’s a stark reminder of the very public, non-intimate space this poem - and the relationship - exists in with ‘My life is a movie that both of us star in’. As you’d expect from poem by a singer-songwriter, there’s skillful use of rhythm and rhyme here and an intimate, conversational tone.
‘While the phrasing and imagery could be sharper and more original, Bieber strikes a good balance between the rawness and “authenticity” of contemporary Instagram poetry and the more polished aesthetic of Romantic poetry – and of song lyrics. This is a poem that works best for Justin Bieber fans; it probably wouldn’t exist without the massive impact of Instagram on young people’s writing and sharing of poetry.’
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So there you have it, skillful, authentic and perfectly placed for Instagram poetry (take whatever meaning you want from that), seems like Justin Bieber isn’t quite as troll-worthy as his followers would believe. To be fair, the man has had literally every single one of his albums certified platinum, he does have a few skills in the rhyming department.