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Thread: Poem & Epistle: understanding the metaphor’s use

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    Your image of a 'water hole' reminds me of Sigmund Freud's comment; he is reported to have claimed ‘the poets and philosophers before me discovered the unconscious; what I discovered was the scientific method by which the unconscious can be studied’.[1] Freud went on, admiringly, to create his own metaphor: ‘Poets are masters of us ordinary men, in knowledge of the mind, because they drink at streams which we have not yet made accessible to science’.[2] A thought process is required to convert feeling into poetry and the refreshment can be shared.

    If a reader needs to read the poem more than once, the writer has to make the poem interesting or attractive enough to encourage rereading.

    [1] Lehrman, Philip R. in 'Freud's Contributions to Science', in the journal 'Harofe Haivri' Vol.1, 1940. <> consulted 18.05.2011.

    [2] Trilling, Lionel, ‘Freud and Literature’, 1940 <> consulted 18.05.2011.
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    I do find it difficult creating that delicate balance that shows enough clarity that makes the reader think (even if it's misinterpreted) and being so obscure that the reader fails to care. I have read poetry here and elsewhere - many published - that seemed to say I've got a secret and you'll play heck figuring it out. Many poems and novels have been lauded by professional critics for deep meanings the piece didn't even have. Despite the difficulties I poet on, with each poem I learn more and more about the craft as I attempt to make art.
    "The blind may be leading the blind, but the seeing have been leading the seeing for years without any visible results."

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