Poetic Motivations:37

Poetic Motivations_37

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So true….beautiful sharing..

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Very true. Love these quotes, Davy.

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oh dear, the dark side of my humour is tempted here…
but this is a great quote!

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the irony of this statement and the existence of writing classes? Not so convinced about the setting up of circumstances, like it’s contrived or maybe I am getting some negative vibe from the statement somehow. interesting nonetheless. though conflicting for me.

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What this means to me is that poetry comes from living, that poetry cannot be simply taught in a classroom by learning specific techniques or styles – rather, life must be lived, and the circumstances required provide the necessary time for reflection on the meaning of that living. Poetry, in essence, becomes something more than simply words, but also art, genuine human interaction, music, intimacy. Poets put words to their expression of this living, in some vague form resembling verse. Poetry lives without the words, but the living is occasionally blessed by words that somehow convey a fraction of its existence.

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    Eloquent and insightful Mr. S. I agree, poetry is an expression of living and each poem a snapshot into the DNA of the poet. That’s what I love about WordPress, you get to read poetry from poets who have different souls; you get an alternative view from poetry controlled by mainstream publishing houses.

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      I think we have all begun to find a place that wants to listen and watch our evolution rather than judge and define the world we want to inhabit. We get to say what we see, how we feel, what we define. Wwe get to share it with people who understand that we don’t need to be told what it looks like, we simply want to show what we see.

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      True words Mr.S. The community is so supportive.

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    Well said Sir! You hit the nail on the head! It is like learning to draw or paint. It is the art of learning to see that makes a painter in the same way that the reflection You speak of by a poet is what gives them the raw materials that ruminates and rumbles around in the mind until a poem is born! I use a Word Bank that helps me focus my reflections. Works for me.

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Absolutely! Thank you for sharing. 🌷

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I’m upset that you can’t teach people to write poems. All hope is now lost. I shall stick to dirty limericks.

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… but you can enthuse your pupils with the thrill of it all. A la ‘Dead Poet’s Society’. Thanks for bringing this to my attention, Davy – and the ‘Poemcrazy’ book which you refer to. I must obviously make acquaintance with it.

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    I think the film supports the quotation Roland. I love the bit where he gets them to rip the academic view of poetry out of their books. I must watch it again soon. Thanks for taking time out to comment.

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And I think you just recently set up a trap for me D! Hahaha. I do agree with this quote. I strongly believe that although teaching helps us with the technicalities of poetry, it is experience and people that molds a poem into a great one. 🙂

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Ooooh, I like that idea, Davy–that poems “happen”! Truly that’s how many of mine occur…
Also loved the “crime scene” remarks!!

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DavyD good for You stirring things up – yet again! So glad you used this quote to stimulate some thought about the process. I love that you keep us inspecting the process of writing – when do we write, do we need a title etc. You are such an instigator! But then You are so good at it. Bravo for posting this and starting a discussion.

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    Thank you Sir Charles. The book has grabbed me and I am indebted to your recommendation. If all we can do is plant a seed of inspiration then the job is done 🙂

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      Well Davy, I am so glad you have found it to be of value to you! I loved it. I just want to thank you for sharing this with your followers. I was hoping that it might provide you with some insights that you could share with all of us. Please take another look at her suggestion of a Word Bank. I have been having great success with it for me as a source of seeds!

      I was also hoping that you and Susan could talk and find some common ground in what she does with workshops and working in the schools and prisons. Thanks so much for being a Great Friend. I appreciate that you allocate a sliver of your valuable time to chit-chat with me.

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      It is always a pleasure to chat with you Charles. I am inching my way through the book as it is one of those that needs to be savoured. I have had a few chats with Susan and I am exploring the possibility of workshops with another friend of mine. Have you read the book Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg? It is the prose writers version of poemcrazy.

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oh yes. it is the experience, the observations, the words we read and listen, that make us poets. 🙂 ❤

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