David Mitchell

Rookie - 196 Points (20/12/1988 / Colchester)

Why Is A Poet? - Poem by David Mitchell

It is the part of the poet
To tell his readers
What they already know
and know they know
So that they understand it
a little better

(Saturday,5th November,2005.)

Comments about Why Is A Poet? by David Mitchell

  • (11/26/2005 9:30:00 AM)

    Perhaps I should have written 'what they already know, and know that they know, without necessarily realizing that they know it or that they know that they know it'. (Report) Reply

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  • (11/6/2005 6:10:00 AM)

    Myself, I'd amend it to 'what they already know, but don't know they know'...but yes, it's the great secret of self-knowledge, philosophy and religion to name but much...
    so best of luck to you, David... as who-was-it said to whatsisname (Gide to Cocteau?) - 'Etonnez-nous' - 'Astonish us'...
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  • (11/6/2005 5:36:00 AM)

    No truer word spoken, David. Edmund Spenser himself said that the purpose of poety is to 'educate and delight'. (Report) Reply

  • (11/6/2005 4:55:00 AM)

    In a nutshell, I suppose you are correct David, but it's a little more complicated than that imo. Good try though. 9 from me. Smiling Tai (Report) Reply

  • Ernestine Northover (11/6/2005 4:43:00 AM)

    In full agreement David. This gave me a chuckle. Sincerely Ernestine (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, November 6, 2005

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