Insomniac musings on poetry
Sonnet, Ballade, Kennings, Haiku, Triolet……………..
While re-visiting some old work I’d done some years earlier I came across some pieces where I’d
dabbled in different forms of poetry. The motif of this site is that when imagination and intellect are
stimulated in equal measure doors open and great things can happen . This applies to all things including science.
The thought struck me how does a structured poetic form impact on this concept. When thinking of couplets, numbers of syllables and iambic pentameter is there not a tendency to sway towards intellect, the poem becoming more like a puzzle ? Or does the very act of embracing a structured, confining form drag, as the intellect rises, imagination and emotion along with it thus possibly driving the written word to greater heights ?
Certainly I feel the latter is true in the case of the Haiku . I feel the simplistic yet limiting form rules
of this style, its economy of words is such that only by imagination & intellect can it be created and maybe that is why the Haiku is often found to be amongst the most beautiful and thought provoking
examples of our art.
However ! Is there not an argument that all poetry, like sculpture and painting, should be free form ?
By free form I mean free from form and accepted structure. Should we not simply unleash our imagination on the world, let it run free, and rely solely on our intellect to guide it, baring our souls and exposing the deep recesses of the mind. After all there was a time when each poetic form did not exist, but lay waiting to be created…….by imagination and intellect.
There is of course no answer only opinions and so please feel free to express yours.