Have you ever written a poem and left it untitled? Maybe having called it Untitled?
Wow. I just realised that this is definitely my most opinionated weekend yet. Anyway. Naming a poem- or any other form of writing, for that matter- “Untitled”, is definitely not something I would advise.
I’m not sure what you think about this, but I personally object to it. ‘Untitled’ gives me the impression that the writer has no idea what he/she wants to portray in his/her piece of writing. I feel a deep chasm of emptiness trying to read something that doesn’t have a title; it’s like living with someone who doesn’t have a name, and using ‘oi’ as a substitute due to the lack of one.
The only reason I would reluctantly accept it is if it relates to the context of the piece- i.e, the narrator is speechless about something, or similar.
Other reasons as to why I detest utilising “Untitled” as a title:
- So similar to clichés that it’s not even funny.
Just to go with this post- and since I was curious- I searched up poems that were named Untitled. Here’s some links to the poems called Untitled that these poets wrote:
- David Meltzer
- Dorothea Grossman
- Elisa Biagini
- Rachel McKibbens (I highly recommend this poem)
Do you know any famous poems called Untitled?