Poetic Motivations:83

Poetic Motivations_83

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powerful words Davy, writers and poets seem to have a responsibility to honour truth and to not dilute its significance. I am glad you shared this today. I attended an evocative memorial of a late writer on Sunday and we spoke about his writing journey, with truth and his sacrifice for truth. I will be writing about him later in the week.

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    I am happy the timing of this was right for you Gina and look forward to reading your piece later this week. This quote was part of an interview of a friend of a Russian Poet, Irina Ratushinskaya, who was sentenced to 5 years hard labour in 1983, in the Soviet Union, for writing poetry. It is a story that shows how far certain poets are willing to go to write their thoughts. Thank you for taking time to read and comment.

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      reminds me of another Soviet poet Anna Akhmatova. she was courageous and outspoken in her poetry too. I wrote about her last year. she suffered the consequences of her truth. I respect them so much. thank you for introducing me to another brilliant poet.

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      A pleasure Gina and I will look up the poet you mention. It is hard to imagine the worlds in which they wrote their poetry. It allows most of us to write in relative freedom.

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Perhaps it is because the Poet is able to see whatever he/she looks at, and so it is hard to ignore, though what each Poet sees may differ.
Great start to the week Davy, synapses firing nicely now ta !

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    That is so true Nigel and thank you for the thought and viewpoint. The more I read and write poetry the more it gives different perspectives on the way I view the world. Do you think that the practice of writing and reading poetry trains our brain in a different way?

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      Most definitely Davy, I’m not getting my soap box out, promise, but it’s back to this imagination/intellect idea, I believe that poetry requires a shed-load of both, and so they are constantly being stimulated in equal measure. I feel/see/think differently though my take is also it was there before (hidden self). I liken it to re-opening disused branch lines on a rail network.

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      It is a fascinating subject Nigel and I would imagine the intellect idea is a bit like a library. The more you put in there the more your brain can access. Have you read Steven Pinker’s, The Blank Slate, where he proposes we are all born with a mind having a blank canvas and it is what we put in there that determines our capabilities?

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      No Davy I haven’t . Though I have read a bit about neural plasticity and the brains ability to shift function from a damaged area to a non-damaged area. I see brain function and more specifically mind/consciousness as the last great undiscovered territory, and there are a few of maverick scientists prepared to put their necks out, interestingly I believe due to the book genre known as ‘popular science’. I guess if you’re selling enough books nobody gives a flying whatsit about peer ridicule.

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A powerful quotation, Davy, accepting that subjective truth , to objective ears, is capable of being false truth.

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How interesting, Davy. What we perceive is what we write but not necessarily factual.

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    A good point Eugenia. I suppose sometimes we can write and live in the poem for so long that in our own minds it can become factual even though it may not be. Thank you for your thoughts on this. It has made me look at the quote in a different light.

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Yes yes yes , let the truth be told.

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Thanks for sharing this..just in time when i am in the midst of some sort of poetic delima.

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Nice! The only truth we have is our own so we mine as well share it…πŸ€”πŸ˜ƒ!

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Great quote, Davy! ‘Tis very ponderful!
I love that poets write what they know and feel, and about what they have experienced and observed!
HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

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ditto! our poems are reflections of our soul, our heart, our mind. it’s almost always personal. πŸ™‚

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