1. Name: James
2. Age: 19
3. Location: England
4. Three favorite/ influential writers: Lord Byron(SHUT UP!), Wallace Stevens, Don Paterson
5. *Preface to your poems:
Why must the portrait of the contemporary poet be one of a prancing, posing pseudo-eccentric?
What was T.S. Eliot trying to prove with his habit of trailing into some - often quite obscure - foreign languages in so many of his poems?
Was it because he needed to convey his words with such phonetic and structural precision that only a particular language could have done his words justice?
Was he trying to express an opinion that language is language and should not be bound by space or habit?
Or was he just trying to show everybody how super clever he was because he was multi-lingual and we weren't?
Was he using this method to gain some kind of control over who could or couldn't enjoy his art?
Was he intentionally alienating the lesser-educated members of his audience in order to cement his reputation as a "highbrow" artist? "Eliot's poems: No idiots allowed!"
Needless to say; I'm a fan of simplicity and subtlety. I feel that poetry should and must be universal and I refuse to put anybody on a pedestal simply because they happened to be born with a gift as random and accidental as intellect or talent. I try to be and write something for the average Joe, the idiot. I'm not ashamed of my own intellect, I guess I just have an inferiority complex.
And why not?
The first is about sex.
The second is about ambition.
The third is about religion, death, social class and any other overdone clichés you might find in a poem.( read moreCollapse )