There has been an increasing wave of social vices in recent times. Restiveness, chaos, crisis, tragedy, and evil continue to spread like wild fire in these perilous times. A major cause of these vices is the drastic decline of the moral standards of individuals.  Morally upright persons are righteous, as they uphold peace and harmony at home, in their community, and the society at large. Morally sound individuals will not perpetrate evil nor harm others.

The significance of moral uprightness cannot be over-emphasised as it brings about respectability, the establishment of good relationships, good attributes, dependability, and many more benefits to our society.

In the light of these, I have discovered that poetry can be used as a means to enlighten the people about good virtues, moral values, thinking and correctitude in order to revamp our society and ameliorate the troubles bedeviling mankind in contemporary times. To this end, I have a fresh idea which I refer to as “Poetry of Virtue”.

By definition, Poetry of Virtue is poetry which explores the themes of virtue, and teaches morals and good manners.  It also educates readers about the consequences of engaging in ill-deeds and why they should shun vices, immoralities, indecencies and rather, adhere to high moral standards.

In other words, Poetry of Virtue conveys deep thoughts, life experiences and logical ideas in such a way that it vividly outlines the importance of upholding moral rectitude as against immoral deeds.  

Poetry of Virtue also tries to unearth the roots of social ills and proffers logical solutions to them. The poems are intended for general readership as they shed light on moral qualities needed by everyone to attain nobility.

Furthermore, some of the poems centre on educating pupils on how to excel in their studies. Therefore, various educational institutions will find the poems useful, because they edify readers about the importance of good morals in creating a peaceful atmosphere within and without learning environments. 

Two books have been published in the Poetry of Virtues series, namely: Poetry for the Rightful Thinkers and Poetry on Moral Values.

It is hoped that this contribution will be beneficial to the entire world. It is also my hope that Poetry of Virtues becomes a widely accepted subgenre of poetry across the world.

Rasheed Olayemi

Rasheed Olayemi was born in Lagos, Nigeria into the family of a business magnate, late Alhaj Chief Mustapha Temitope Lasisi. He is a teacher. He has taught in private schools in Abeokuta and Lagos for over a decade as well as manifold extramural classes. He has a great deal of experience in teaching. He is also an author. He writes poetry, prose, and dramas. Olayemi is the author of Poetry for the Rightful Thinkers published by Trafford Publishing, Bloomington, IN, USA. The book won The Gold Seal Of Literary Excellence Award after a meaningful review by The US Review of Books in 2014. He is also the author of Poetry On Moral Values published by Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency, Houston, Texas, USA. Some of the short stories he authored were The Regrets of Omotolu & The Illegitimate King published by Smashwords & Amazon, MATOWO (a Yoruba language short stories) published by Evans (Brothers) Publishers, Nigeria. In July 2013 he attended the International Education And Resource Network (IEARN) Conference held in Doha, Qatar. He had worked in Dubai, UAE for a few years.

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