Blogland Poetry ... one viewpoint  

tamethytension 56M
1660 posts
9/30/2005 8:52 am

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Blogland Poetry ... one viewpoint

This is my comment left at goddessofthedawn blog post [post 105341] as part of a discussion of the nature of Blogland poetry.

One is reminded of the scene in "Dead Poets Society" where Robin Williams is at the chalkboard mocking the textbook definition of poetry. And further recalling the true purpose
behind poetry as espoused by his character ... "To woo women".

Poetry is at its simplest a form of self-expression and as such is always successful. Where poetry fails is conveying the sense of that expression to others. There are certainly no shortage of efforts here and elsewhere that cause one to wonder if rendering it as prose would have benefitted the reader and therefore the message.

I see two limitations to the written word, the experience of the writer and that of the reader. If the writer is not relating to the subject from experience it always shows and the reader feels cheated. When Willa Catha wrote of her rural life on the edge of the Great Plains it was so plainfully truthful that it struck a chord with those who had never seen The Plains. When she, with heartfelt well-meaning, attempted to capture angst of young warriors in World War I, she failed miserably in the eyes of critcis, not for her emotional attachment but for implausibly written battle scenes (for which Hemmingway rebuked her severely). The other limitation of course, is the experience (whether through deed or word) and imagination of the reader.

Given these limitations, the writer must ackowledged that poetry is especially difficult to convey one's meaning to the reader and should not be undertaken lightly. That is the writer's responsibility. Of course, until one ventures forth how will one know of their success/failure. As to the reader, rather than simply show yourself to be selfish, ignorant prick by lambasting "bad poetry". Do yourself a service, ask what of this is "bad" and put that as a question to the writer, as in "why did you choose this form" or "in the second stanza you simply lost me ... what is the meaning here?".

That said, poetry, prose, diatribes, lectures, quips, yarns, tales, jokes, flirtations, conversations, and unfortunately back-stabbing attacks by ignorant shit-for-brains are all part of the Blogland experience. One would hope it would not reflect reality so closely, but there it is.

I say live and let live. And for myself, I take a more passive approach. I pass on the bad poetry, and praise the good. What is good? ... for me it is touching my heart or mind that leaves me with either wondrous or ponderous thoughts. And Huntress, you succeed every time.


PS> The Blogland community already has managed to destroy a large part of itself beginning with the removal of Kate and hundreds of her posts that included some of the more brilliant writing I have come across ANYWHERE. Time to get back to blogging folks.

dano6332 57M

10/3/2005 7:33 am

TTT, well spoken. I am just waiting for folks to remember that you are allowed to write whatever you want and people are free to respond or not. Lots of tension that does not need to be here.
I also wanted to say awesome tips in DTs post and will show them to my gal.

MillsShipsGayly 53M

10/2/2005 9:27 pm

Poetry as art
Poetry as self-expression/discovery
Poetry for connection

Poetry in blogging is really secondary anyway, isn't it ?
It is about revealing and connecting .. oh and wooing

Had forgotten about tha line in Dead Poets ... great one

rm_1hotwahine 64F
21091 posts
10/1/2005 10:16 am

This isn't about poetry as much as the idea that you must have experienced something first hand for the writing to ring true. I think it's more of a challenge, but if a writer is truly empathic in nature, it'll happen.

Thought provoking. Good stuff.

Yeah, I'm still [blog 1hotwahine]

frbnkslady 49F
6183 posts
9/30/2005 9:33 pm

Everyone is entiteled to their opinion. It is how they choose to express it that should be thought out beforehand. I write poetry, but I leave it in my book. I am not brave enough to put it forth and have it torn to shreds. It is from me and will stay with me.. even if it is bad, it is still me. T


UvannaHumpalot 38F

9/30/2005 8:05 pm

I believe that anyone that creates poetry for the approval of others is in the wrong job field......
and poets......true poets are selfish and protective with their work....
it's like getting naked in front of your lover for the first time...
the poet...
he allows himself to be exposed.....
he allows someone to come in
he allows someone to explore his mind and heart
when neither may have been at their best...
he keeps our bellies hungry....
starving for his words...
if you're in need of validation
or answers, or inspiration or guidance
and your saving grace is this poet's words...
the tables turn...
the reader is now exposed
and left baffled at the idea that
the poet knew exactly what was in his mind and heart...
that's good poetry
that's a good poet

rm_saintlianna 46F
15466 posts
9/30/2005 7:25 pm

I dont know about poetry but I like the anomaly.

saddletrampsk 56F

9/30/2005 10:39 am

I am also of the live and let live attitude..I take the good or what I agree with from a work and leave the rest..My philosophy in life is.."You can learn alot from others, even if it is what NOT to do"..I like to think I am open-minded and respectful of others opinions

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