Heaven/Hell wrote:"If the poems don't come as naturally as leaves to the tree, then they had better not come at all".
Heaven/Hell wrote:"Poetry should... should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance."
dks wrote: Sorry...I'm rambling in a dither here...
Malia wrote:Heaven/Hell wrote:"If the poems don't come as naturally as leaves to the tree, then they had better not come at all".
Hmm. . .I know Keats said that, but I'm not sure it's true--even in his case. I think that's Keats's youth talking. Sure, sometimes a great poem just flies out of one's subconscious and those poems are absolute gifts--but there is so much *craft* involved in writing poetry. There is a lot of work. One of Keats's great (unfinnished) poems did not come easily to him--of course I'm talking about Hyperion. And there were quite a few others he wrote and edited and pulled his hair out over and edited again. I agree that inspiration should be something that comes relatively easily--a poet needs to be "tuned in" to the poetical universe, as it were, and be able to see the world in a new and different way (just as all great writers and artists do), but writing well involves a lot of hard work and great craft. Keats, himself, wrote crap early on in his career. I mean, truly, a lot of his juvenilla (sp?) was terrible. But after working hard at it (and, I admit, with a liberal dose of genius mixed in there), he was able to write masterpieces.
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