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"Even today, native languages in Africa are comprised of more than 100 sounds ("phonemes"), many of them originally fashioned from noises in nature ("onomatopoeia"). As humankind migrated outwards many of these were lost and not replaced. Mandarin has 67 such phonemes, English has 44, Proto-Algonquin 23, Hawaian only 13.
"Thus, when you and I speak we use the sounds of African wildlife species, some of which may have been extinct for eons."
Flash forward four centuries and the most widely quoted poet is Leonard Cohen. This is a man who authored three "best-selling" volumes of poetry before picking up a guitar, but more than 99% of the time he is quoted from memory it involves one of his lyrics, not his books. Thus, poetry already survives, but only in song. Most people know thousands of lyrics but can't recite eight consecutive lines of a poem written during their lifetimes.
Ergo, reviving poetry is a simple matter of encouraging people to perform it, most conveniently and economically on social media. Offer prizes for the best videos of selected stageworthy masterpieces (after obtaining the necessary permissions) et voilà! Problem solved.