Sitting in Michael's Lap
Fair enough, misery works, isn't the saying "the sweetest songs are sung with breaking hearts" or somesuch..?
I have written some of my better poetry while miserable, but I do have to say that quite a few of the pieces that everyone enjoyed were not inspired by misery, but rather by longing. I suppose in one way that could be construed as misery (especially if you don't get what you were longing after LOL), but I think a good portion of what I wrote was under duress from sensations of extreme giddiness and, dare I say it, hope.
I might also point out that many of the pieces which are considered "masterpieces" of poetry have anything but misery as their source: what about "The Road Not Taken" by Frost..? Reminiscent, yes, but miserable..? Hardly. "Ozzymandius?" Humorous, even.
Anyway ... hehe
(Just had to disagree with Michael LOL)