Essorant, yeah, I also noticed Homer didn't seem to care how much he used something, at least in Iliad. At least half of the similies he used compared something to a lion. I started rolling my eyes every time I read something like "Diomed pounced, like a lion," or whatever... and just because a famous poet does it doesn't make it any less what it is. It might not be cliche to compare something to a lion, but it's possible for one poet to use that analogy way, way too much, and I personally feel Homer did. Then again, I've only read him in translation.
Mmmm. Someone care to take that just a little farther? What kinds of concepts are often overused?
Well, let's say for example a poem describing how someone's heart has been broken into a million pieces. You could say that a thousand different ways and it'd still be cliche, because the metaphor of a heart literally breaking like glass has been done to death.
But what's wrong with easy? I drive to the store not because I can't walk ten miles, but because it's easier. Isn't easy a good thing?
You like analogies, right? So how's this... If we were both given swords and meant to have a swordfight, and I took out a gun halfway into it and shot you dead, would that make me a better swordsman? No. By your logic, however, I suppose it would.
It depends on what you're going for, Ron. Some things, like a trip to the store, have a specific and simple goal in mind, with no regard given to the act itself... which is why the easiest way makes the most sense. Walking or driving to the store, either way, you'll end up at home with whatever you went to the store to buy. Poetry, on the other hand, is an exhibition of skill. Have you heard the term "creative writing?" Key word is "creative." You're "creating" something. Not copy-pasting something, but creating, out of your own imaginative mind.
And as for the "easier is better" thing, well, that's a very dangerous way of thinking, although a good example of how American we all are. Why is easier always better? Doesn't it teach us to be lazy? If I walk to the store instead of driving, maybe it'll help to keep me in shape? Easier tends to have its drawbacks, and it tends to make us lazy.
Faith is a fine invention
When gentlemen can see
But microscopes are prudent
In an emergency.