“I see, and sing, by my own eyes inspired.”
John Keats, from “Ode to Psyche”
John, I am still not sure what you are getting at with this post. One reason I seldom, if ever, reply to any of your posts is the fact that you never seem to own what you are presenting. You always present quotes from other people and never seem to add your own feelings or interpretations on the matter, an approach that always seemed somewhat antagonistic to me.
The quote you gave from Keats surely does not sum up all you have to feel on this matter, and if so I might add is a very poor reference. Keats has long been a favorite of mine and is guilty of using “I” in a great number of his poems. I might also add that the use of the word “I” within his poetry does not have to contradict his opinion of the poet having no identity.
I could elaborate much further on “my” feelings and give you more poetic examples to back them but again, if you are not willing to express “your” feelings on the matter I would probably just be chasing an infinite number of slightly varying opinions (likely taken out of context) from absentee, and quite possibly deceased, persons.