There are many times when I have thought that there is a strong correlation between poetry and madness. Poems with their confusing metaphors and convoluted phrasing may seem like the rantings of a disturbed mind.
Poetry is often full of fantasy, with disjointed images, that seldom make sense on the first reading. Poems need to be read and re-read. I think of the repetitious musings of the deranged - the rhyme becoming a chant or the lines drifting off into nowhere. One of my favourite poets, e. e. cummings, is a master of this confusion.
Let's Live Suddenly Without Thinking
E. E. Cummings
let’s live suddenly without thinking under honest trees, a stream does.the brain of cleverly-crinkling -water pursues the angry dream of the shore. By midnight, a moon scratches the skin of the organised hills an edged nothing begins to prune let’s live like the light that kills and let’s as silence, because Whirl’s after all: (after me) love, and after you. I occasionally feel vague how vague i don’t know tenuous Now- spears and The Then-arrows making do our mouths something red, something tall
"The skin of organized hills" - photographers can be a little mad too. Please post any thoughts you have on the topic.
My kiddos and I are studying poetry right now in school. I agree that most poems need more than one reading, especially with our habit of "scanning". I love poetry, and regarding your question about madness: I wouldn't doubt that many poets were a little nuts, as many visual artists were.ReplyDelete
If nuts means different from the norm- then most creative folks are just that... Or, they would not create something new.ReplyDelete