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Are Poets More Intense?

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Irish Rose
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25 posted 07-05-2000 07:47 AM       View Profile for Irish Rose   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Irish Rose

yes I believe poets are more emotional and yearn to express. I also believe something a wonderful woman recently shared with me.
That according to Eliot in "Tradition and the Individual Talent"  he says  "poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion. It is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality."

She said "it's like trying to see something in the dark-one can't look straight at the thing; only when looking at something next to it, can one see clearly. In other words try writing about something you don't know about, something you don't feel invested in--let the act of writing be an act of discovery, rather than of expression.

I found the more I try to get to the heart of the matter in my writing, the more I try to seek release, I feel trapped in the poem and she brought this to my understanding.

I know, personally, I could not be a poet were it not for my emotional nature.

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26 posted 07-05-2000 03:54 PM       View Profile for JP   Email JP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JP's Home Page   View IP for JP

Absolutely, not.

More intense? No, not so.  We (as poets) have a gift, a talent to put into words, into a particular form, what we see, think, and feel.  We are driven to do this for various reasons - does that set us apart from the rest of humanity?  Does not the musician feel driven to play her instrument?  Doesn't the athelete feel driven to play her sport?  Doesn't the singer feel driven to sing?  Does n't the teacher feel driven to teach?

In all areas there are those who driven to do the things they are gifted enough to do.  There are also those who merely do those things because they have the talent to do so. They do these things as a matter of course, not through drive or passion.  

We are blessed to have the gift of poetry to excise our passions, this makes us no more intense than others, just more vocal about our intensity.


Yesterday is ash, tomorrow is smoke; only today does the fire burn.
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Wren
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27 posted 07-06-2000 04:49 PM       View Profile for Wren   Email Wren   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Wren

I don't belive poets feel things any more intensly than others. The difference is that poets have an outlet to express emotion through. Most people have an outlet but poets and artists and the like have outlets that are productive- ie. They write a poem when they're angry, instead of punching a pillow. Its really a blessing, isen't it?
JP
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28 posted 07-07-2000 11:25 AM       View Profile for JP   Email JP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JP's Home Page   View IP for JP

I was thinking about this question some more and a thought occurred to me...It may sound harsh, or just downright mean, but I think there are some folks out there who are intense, or unporportionately emotional, who determine through whatever understanding they have of cliche, that they should write poetry.  What then happens is that the idea of poets being more intense than the rest of the world gets perpetuated, and multitudes of pages are wasted on poorly written poetry.

Should everyone who is intense be a poet?  


Yesterday is ash, tomorrow is smoke; only today does the fire burn.
JP

"Everything is your own damn fault, if you are any good." E. Hemmingway
 
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