Today, I failed to write a poem.
One a day had kept me going,
Until the silence in my head
Expanded and my brain went dead,
And left me feeling quite frustrated,
Forlorn, aghast, demotivated,
Waiting for the magic time
When words appear that seem to rhyme,
And give a taste of an emotion,
Or a sound, of an unsaid notion.
Being a poet is just not funny.
I’m only in it…….. for the money.
© Davy D 2017
When the alarm clock goes off first thing in the morning do you spring into life with your head full of ideas for your next poem; or does it take 20 more minutes under the duvet and three shots of caffeine to get going, with your most productive and creative time being late at night?
Readers of this blog will know I fall into the first category. I rise very early and take my poems out for an early morning walk. My poetic creativity comes to me first thing and I realise, after about 2pm, trying to write or create new poems is futile. Having visited other poet’s blogs, there are some of you who get your inspiration late in the evening / early hours of the morning. So, is there a most effective time of the day to create and write poetry?
Recent research, from the University of Southern California, shows creativity goes further than being a morning or night person and that certain times of day are best for completing specific tasks. The best time of day for productivity is late morning when our brain and bodies have warmed up to get concentration, working memory and alertness to its peak. Alertness begins to dip after this point, but the study shows being fatigued can boost our creative abilities. Great news for those of you who work late into the night.
The research also suggests morning people wake up and go to sleep earlier and tend to be most productive early in the day. Evening people wake up later, start more slowly and peak in the evening. The conclusion of the study hints it is best to listen to your body clock. If you are more productive in the morning stick with it, likewise if your creativity peaks in the evening, keep burning the midnight oil.
This has intrigued me about the creative habits of other poets and writers. Does your best work flow as a morning lark or a midnight owl?
It would be great to hear from you.
Today marks the celebration of the birthdate of Scottish poet Robert Burns and Burn’s Night will be celebrated in Scottish communities throughout the world.
Rabbie was born in Scotland on the 25th of January 1759 and the “ploughman poet” went on to write over 500 poems; his most famous including Auld Lang Syne, A Winter Night and My Heart’s in the Highlands.
His work has inspired many poets, famous figures and celebrities. Abraham Lincoln had a lifelong admiration for his poetry and was not averse to reciting Burn’s poems at presidential gatherings. More recently, his poem Tam O’Shanter was believed to have been the inspiration for Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
Robert Burns died in the summer of 1796 at the age of 37 and his estate was valued at the sum of £1 proving, even then, that poetry will never make you rich. He was a great romantic and having fathered at least thirteen children with four different women it seems only appropriate to raise a toast and leave you with his poem A Red, Red, Rose. Enjoy your haggis, tatties and neeps.
O my Luve’s like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June:
O my Luve’s like the melodie
That’s sweetly play’d in tune.
During the recent holiday period I was conducting research for 2017 blog posts when I stumbled across a discussion asking whether the title of poet should be restricted.
There were some contrasting views, with one stating anyone calling themselves a poet should be distrusted as, “poet is a title necessarily bestowed on you by others.” Some participants suggested you should only use the term if you were a poet and wrote poetry as a full-time occupation.
Most English dictionaries describe a poet as someone who writes poetry, but is it as simple as that? For example, do you need to have had poetry published, or written a poetry book or won a poetry competition, before you can allude to the title?
In my younger days, I was once told by a teacher to beware of anyone who called themselves an expert or guru as people, labelling themselves as such, had stopped learning. Again, it was a title to be bestowed by others. Is it the same for poets? Can someone who recklessly uses the term poet be at risk of arrest from the Poetry Police, or is being a poet something to be shouted from the rooftops?
Are you happy to call yourself a poet, or would you rather let others use the title on your behalf?
I would be interested to read your thoughts.
If you would like to read more from the discussion, click on this link at Magma Poetry.