Death of a Poet

death of a poet

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I read this as linking back to your ‘Is a poem ever finished?’ Go-Dog-Go Cafe theme, Davy. Much torture goes into many efforts to write, only to end up with ‘new light’ being thrown on it bringing feelings of having been insincere, only half-thought through, and worthy only of a death in the waste-paper basket.

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    I agree Roland, many poems have met death in the waste-paper basket. I suppose they leave remnants in our brain leading to other poems. Thank you for your valued thoughts.

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      Thanks for replying, Davy. Sorry, but with certain accounts – yours being one of them, my ‘Like’ button isn’t working. In addition, and I can’t fathom out why, the blogs I visit most often now require me to log in separately every time I visit. Must do some Word-press research.

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      Don’t worry Roland. Your visits and thoughtful comments are more than enough.

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Felt a little sad 😭

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A Shakespearian tragedy..

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Classic Davy mindblender ! I’m wondering is it the poet or poem, the death of a muse/inspiration, have those strokes poisoned the person or inner poet ? I’ll need an Islay malt and an hour in my happy place for this one !

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Sometimes we can write and rewrite a line – to death. But then, the morning light might spark inspiration afresh. Hoping you have such a day… πŸ™‚

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    My writing days are often scattered with death (in a writing sense) and inspiration Gwen. I am having that end of week reflection bouncing around the poetry den listening to T.Rex. Have a great weekend.

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Sometimes we have to allow death on our poetries to bring forth new life to a new inspiration..

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Thought-provoking and sends a worthy message.

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Interesting, Davy. I do know Henry Wallis’s painting, but I hadn’t picked up on the Chatterton link.

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I love this!!! Succinctly slaps in you in the face with reality! It is how every writer feels during those isolated dark times…

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    I agree it does get dark on occasions Lesley but hopefully enough of the light shines through. Thanks for taking time to read and comment.

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      I think sadness,confusion, politics, heartbreak etc.,can all be “dark” motivators to put pen to paper. (Or fingers to iPad.) And yes, the light shining through, or glass half full needs to be behind the door at all times lest we get lost in the dark. I read all your poems and don’t always have a moment to comment. But this was extraordinary!!! The imagery subtly abounds!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

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      Thank you for those kind words Lesley. The fact you take time out to read my poetry is a blessing to me.

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such vivid imagery here, Davy!

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I have heard that writerΒ΄s block could be draining…. For poets: lethal… as even if they deny it … deep inside, they know that even if it turns out well Non Fiction doensΒ΄t sell πŸ˜‰ … xx Great share Davy! πŸ˜‰ Happy day to you!

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    Interesting thoughts Aquileana and thank you for sharing them. I am not sure whether writer’s block exists and it is just something generated by the writing industry to earn money. I have periods when I feel my writing is useless but still have the ability to write something. You are right about non fiction, I have yet to meet a rich poet πŸ™‚ Thanks for visiting and have a great day and week.

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Love the use of the word arsenic here😊

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Hi Davy! Well, you have succeeded in capturing my interest and aroused my curiousity! So, who are these mental giants that say only poetry written from one’s personal experience are valid? So, let’s look at that? Does this also apply to authors of fiction, photographers, painters, songwriter’s? Seems like a really silly statement when you put it in that light, doesn’t it! A generous nod to them would be that they meant that one has to be able to do as you said, “figuratively walk in their shoes”. I do that, don’t you?

Great post!
Chuck

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    Thank you Chuck and you highlight some interesting thoughts. In a sense I think what they are getting at is we can only write from our experiences as they are the only memories our brains hold. Take for instance writing something from the perspective of a cat. We could only ever write about what we would imagine a cat to be and never from the cat’s experience as our brain would never hold that memory. It is an interesting conversation and thanks for bringing it to the table.

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      Yes, I think I might like to read their original statements if you have them. I have thought about this and for some reason it just doesn’t ring true to me. It seems to me that the basis of wisdom is exactly being able to learn from the experiences of others, to be able to learn why it’s good not to fall in a hole by listening to all the reasons why not to from someone who has fallen in one. Maybe I’m just being weird? Yes? No?

      Maybe it’s just the time of day? Ha!

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      I will try to find the source for you Chuck, but I research and read lots these days, so it may have passed into the ether. I may bring this conversation into the cafe πŸ™‚

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      No worries, let it go. I’m good!

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Thank you for the nomination Emily. It is most appreciated.

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