Poetics and Poetry Discussion
(7/19/2005 4:23:00 PM)
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.