How important is it to you that a poet communicate and connect with you as a reader?
Is poetry more of an intellectual pursuit to be admired on its own merits or do you expect more then that?
For me, it is important, but not necessary for a poet to communicate and connect with me. When reading a poem I don't expect to understand it. I don't even strive to consider a poem as something that needs to be grasped in order to be liked and or disliked. It is that very action of trying to understand the poem which causes many to, well, not understand it.
As cliche as it sounds, I let the poem speak to me and not the poet. When reading a poets work, I don't consider the poet first and then the poem, I consider the poem as an entirely different enitity or rather an extension of that particular poet. It is about what I can take away from the piece rather than what the poet is trying to communicate with me. Often times that connection, at least for me, develops through understanding that poet despite not being in their shoes.
How do you let it speak to you when you don't know what it is supposed to say?
It's just a matter of not trying to figure it out what it's supposed to say or at least wiping from my mind that notion that ones intent always has to be rather forceful in order to decipher meaning from a poem. Basically I say to myself what is the
Not at all really because poetry should convery what the author wants to convery -whether I get it or not. I think the poet needs to write from the heart and not to the audience. If a poet puts down on paper what they want to convey - then they have been successful. To have someone read it and enjoy is a treat but for me the success comes from the writing.
I need typing lessons - meant to write "convery" not convery! LOL
:-)I think you wrote it twice this time as well but you conveyed your point well.
Holey Moley!! Convey Convey Convey Convey ---geesh - I'm hopeless.
It's important but should not be the basis for a particular piece. I would love to reach everyone with my poetry. However, when I'm writing it's from my heart & at that time, nothing else matters but getting it out...
I think there should be a high level of communication and connectivity, so that, even if the intended meaning is completely lost on them, the reader can more easily see their own meaning in the piece. I'm a creative writing major in my final year of college, and i cannot tell you how many poems I've had to read that just seemed to go over my head. But I had to read them, because they were "good pieces" and, I'll admit, they were extremely well written. However, the only pieces that I felt myself drawn into and really influenced by were those I could connect to, or at least communicated to me the poems intent.
One of the first poems I read in college, and one of my favorites to this day, is "This Is Just To Say" by William Carlos Williams. It's only twelve lines long and is one of the most straightforward poems I have ever read:
I have eaten
that were in
you were probably
they were delicious
and so cold
It's silly and strange, but I love it because it communicates its purpose so well, and i can so easily connect to it, because i have left notes like this myeslf.
But I'm getting off topic, so I'll wrap it up: communication is, to me as a writer and as a reader, of utmost importance. It shows effort on the author's part, both the effort to get his or her point across and the effort that we, as the reader, take away something from the piece.
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