The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0469  Wednesday, 28 February 2001

From:           Stephanie Hughes <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 27 Feb 2001 08:45:30 -0800
Subject: 12.0459 Re: Poets
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0459 Re: Poets

I had the curious experience of being, or at least, seeing myself as, a
poet for about ten years in my late teens to late twenties, at which
point the well ran dry. My life changed in a number of ways at that
time, my attitude towards life changed, and the energy that went into
poetry went into a number of other areas. I have never regretted it, for
to regret the loss of this function seems to me would be to regret the
development of those things that took its place. I love many of the
poems I wrote at that time, I think they're damn good. I feel more as
though they were gifts to me from my "Muse," whatever that is, than
anything I did myself.

Now and then a poem will begin, but when I think of the kind of
intensity I must bring to it to complete it, to "lick the embrion" into
shape, as the Elizabethans put it, I turn aside. I enjoyed the state of
near ecstasy that came from producing a poem that said something almost
unsayable and said it well, but ecstasy is tiring and the pursuit of it
can become awfully narcissistic. There are other kinds of poetry, but
this is the only kind I really care about. I love many poets, but
preeminent is Gerard Manley Hopkins.

Stephanie Hughes

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