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Allan James Saywell Male, 70, Australia (7/19/2005 3:37:00 PM)

some of us understand poetry Jc some dont you have to feel poetry you
have to feel what you write not just give birth to a lot of words out of the dictionary and put it on a page, it wont work easy rider

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  • Rookie - 7 Points Max Reif (7/19/2005 4:23:00 PM) Post reply
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    Thought I'd posted this a little while ago, but don't see it:
    Do poets still take seriously Wordsworth's dictum on poetry as 'emotion recollected in tranquility'? That covers both sides-feeling and, well, a bit of 'distance'.

    Though I don't know if I practice this in the heat of things...though I don't feel it takes TOTAL detachment to write something good. Passion helps, but it shouldn't overwhelm, I guess. Sometimes a passionate poem doesn't seem to have any distance, but the fact that it's an articulated verbal expression, instead of simply a long, one-syllable scream, implies a degree of distance.

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