You've read the wrong pieces then. Keep reading.
The best is as good or better than it ever was; it's just that none of the **** stuff from the past has survived because it was **** and that makes it look like all poets and writers in the past were awesome.<br />
Personally though I refuse to read anything from before the 20th Century. I find all of the "classics" are overly wordy and generally dull to read. Personal preference though.
It's all a matter of opinion
Today's artists are rewarded more for creating songs and movies than for poems or paintings.
completely agree with you about centry+ old poetry being far better than most published sh*t today.
the reason it was way better though is because they spoke a totally different English than we do today. they were versed in latin which today's English is nowhere near, and if anything today we speak a degraded slang in comparison.
as for modern authors...
Poetry has become very boring, rather than entertaining or fun But I think things are beginning to change.
does mine suxxx
I saw a lovely lady
walking down the street
she wore a pair of slippers
so cute upon her feet.
she smiled at me in passing
i will surlely see yet another
because that lovely lady
passing by just happened to be my mother.
well not too bad for such short notice
no i cant say there is. i do write but its simply to put what i feel into words. since i am mute reading my own words kind of well purifies my feelings