Who still writes letters today? An interesting question no doubt and likely one that rarely comes to mind. It may be surprising how many people still prefer the handwritten note or letter. Sending and receiving them.
With the digital age and the delivery of messages, notes and letters is almost in an instant. You may wonder why anyone bothers with handwritten notes, letters and the wait time.
What if the letter goes missing? What if the recipient does not bother to reply? Yes, there are similar problems in the digital world. But those messages in that generic font lack emotion, personality and appeal.
What follows is the first part of the essay The Lost Art of Letter Writing written in heroic couplets.
What is it that is lost? — Letter writing was once important. — Technology has made people lazy.
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The days of writing letters, some will say
Have gone but no, the written word will stay.
Not typed within an email (click and send),
But on some paper, thoughts expressed and penned.
In bygone days, for all communication
In business or just friendly conversation,
The written word in glory reigned supreme,
And not at all a chore (as it may seem).
A necessary, all important part
Of life for some, developed to an art
In penmanship. A stationer's delight
Supplying ink and paper used to write
A letter to a loved one or a friend
Which flowed until 'twas signed off at the end.
Not always with a quill in cursive script,
Although you could (your pen in ink so dipped),
Technology is simpler in its way,
For most of youth, that's all there is today.
No need to wait — an answer, wish or want
Appears on screens in crisp generic font
With care and preparation less required,
'Tis natural they never feel inspired
To make an effort, set aside a while, —
Hand-write a note to make another smile.
Time passed, the writer changed their intellect
To garner some ambition, circumspect
Communication via written word
Kept a reference of that which was heard,
And never could it be a change of mind
Unless of course discussion of some kind
Had taken place to rectify the matter,
And thus avoid all pointless, idle chatter.
Now if your note or letter was well phrased
Instead of being cursed, you would be praised,
Yet letters good or bad are most preferred,
And so to write, let's never be deterred.
A social obligation one may think,
To contact one another using ink
On paper with an added human touch —
Perhaps a tale of this and that or such,
But now it seems that time is of the essence,
Especially in the throes of adolescence.
Forsooth! We text, we chat, update our status,
Technologies do all but motivate us
With auto-everything, 'tis somewhat crazy, —
It's no surprise at how and why we're lazy!