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  1. #61
    Quote Originally Posted by Olly Buckle View Post
    yes , but what is special about poets. All writers are crazy, what makes poets specially so?
    The body is here and the mind moves to the other state.

  2. #62
    I don't know if this has been mentioned, but poets are known to have the highest incidence of mental illness across all sorts of writers.

    Just sayin'.
    ďAs far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being,"

    -Carl Jung

  3. #63
    Quote Originally Posted by Bard_Daniel View Post
    I don't know if this has been mentioned, but poets are known to have the highest incidence of mental illness across all sorts of writers.

    Just sayin'.

    Where did you get that information from?

  4. #64
    TIM -- Daniel's on solid ground. Check out Wiki here:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Writers_who_committed_suicide

    I knew we were at the front of this race of dubious distinction, but I was shocked at how far we were in 'front'! Have a look at the numbers in the link. There you'll see poets at 152 suicides. The nearest of six other categories of writers is journalists at 66.

    In The Outsider (early 60s), Colin Wilson writes in this brilliant analysis of the societal status quo: "The Outsider sees too deeply and too much, and what he sees is essentially Chaos." Poets are more inclined to be 'Outsiders' than other writers and those of us who tentatively walk the edge of sanity/madness with no safety net of love and care to catch us if we fall. . . .well. . . . .
    Last edited by clark; June 21st, 2019 at 09:58 AM.



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    "I believe in nothing but the holiness of the heart's affections and the Truth of the imagination". Keats, ​Letters

    "No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main . . . any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls -- it tolls for thee. " John Donne, Meditation XVII

  5. #65
    I looked at the study and was relieved to find that it isn't the poetry that drives us insane. We go insane first, then we write poetry.

  6. #66
    Along with Darren (so far), I clicked LOL because Tim's remark itself warrants a wry smile. Its base, ​however, ain't so humorous. Someone who's going over the edge anyway needs an outlet as a prelude to the final act. Do they choose painting or acting or skydiving or sculpture or tree climbing or auto racing? Oh no. . . . . .they choose Poetry. Hmmmmm.



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    "I believe in nothing but the holiness of the heart's affections and the Truth of the imagination". Keats, ​Letters

    "No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main . . . any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls -- it tolls for thee. " John Donne, Meditation XVII

  7. #67
    I've always been fascinated in the correlation between creativity and mental illness. Surely the mental state is pre-existing. The question is, does mental illness cause a more creative mind or is creativity developed as an outlet or are the two simply inseparable parta of the same psyche?

  8. #68
    For me Edvard Munch's "Scream" (a painting) is the epitome of mental illness, but that is of course my very personal interpretation. For me poetry is my way to sort the chaos inside. Without the ability to write I would be The Scream
    So I guess that it's not only poetry, but all creativity.
    But what was first? Chicken? Egg?
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    I am a clay potato in a strawberry field
    -Darren White, from "Clumsy"

  9. #69
    Quote Originally Posted by Darren White View Post
    For me Edvard Munch's "Scream" (a painting) is the epitome of mental illness, but that is of course my very personal interpretation. For me poetry is my way to sort the chaos inside. Without the ability to write I would be The Scream
    So I guess that it's not only poetry, but all creativity.
    But what was first? Chicken? Egg?
    I think both are first. LOL

  10. #70
    Speaking from a personal POV, I am definitely crazy nuttier than a Fruit Bat, BUT... I am less crazy when I allow myself the freedom of creativity...
    She lost herself in the trees,
    among the ever-changing leaves.
    She wept beneath the wild sky
    as stars told stories of ancient times.
    The flowers grew toward her light,
    the river called her name at night.
    She could not live an ordinary life,
    with the mysteries of the universe
    hidden in her eyes....
    Author: Christy Ann Martine

    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
    love leaves a memory no one can steal....
    Author unknown.

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