In a recent post I brought up the subject of poetic form and if the rigid constraints they impose help or hinder the creative process of the poet . The ensuing discussion was both interesting and enjoyable and led on to the question of elitism or snobbery within the art world.

The conclusion that was agreed upon is that so long as a piece of art gives someone pleasure, stimulates emotion and intellect then it is of great worth , regardless of what anyone else thinks.

It is of course opinion.

With this in mind I spent some time pondering or was it musing ? Actually it was contemplation as I’ve given up both pondering and musing. My thoughts on the subject of arrogance and snobbery in art led me to seek ‘possible’ hidden, largely ignored examples of art.

They needed, as previously proposed, to stimulate emotion and intellect and give pleasure. What I came up with, as a poet, was movie lines and song lyrics. Both meet my personal criteria of what art is and what art should achieve. Song I guess has an advantage in the music that surrounds it though the poetry I read from our community would be marred and stifled by the addition of melody and beat, such is it’s merit.

Below are a few examples that I enjoy . I would be grateful for any opinions and examples that float other peoples boats.



A Beautiful Mind – “ I need to believe, that something extraordinary is possible”

Dead Poets Society – “This is a battle, a war and the casualties could be your heart and souls”

It’s a wonderful life – “ Every time a bell rings an angel gets it’s wings”

Streetcar Named Desire – “ I’ve always depended on the kindness of strangers”


“every new beginning comes from some other beginning;s end”

“I was born with a plastic spoon in my mouth”

“the words of the prophets are written on the subway wall”

“I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now “

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