#DailyPrompt: Disagree – Beauty in Words? You May Disagree

hades_and_persephone_2_by_sandara

Poetry is the Rhythmical Creation of Beauty in Words. –
Edgar Allan Poe

Need anything more truly be said? And yet, since I have the inclination to natter, I shall attempt to agree, poetically.

And by agreeing to say that there is nothing worth saying that could ever be said, even in the starkest form, that is not, by some measure and in the generalist terms, some form of poetic entrancement; for if, in speaking or writing, we utter anything at all worth saying, it shall be remembered; and if something is remembered, it can be considered remarkable enough to have made remembrance worthwhile, which leads one to the eventual conclusion that, if it is worthwhile to be recollected, there must be some form or nature in it that catches the imagination, sparks the well-spring of contemplation or illuminates musings and that, being colourfully or creatively inspired is, in its most basic state, a creation of beautiful words that should be deemed poetry.

(excuse me while I gasp for breath!)

Having said as much, of course the opposite is also true and begs to be argued: that the inestimably horrible, atrocious and staggeringly inane is also imprinted upon our minds in a similar fashion as the most lovely sonnet or passing fair soliloquy and, to follow this particular train of rationale to its logical yet absurd conclusion, must therefore also be considered a form of poetry; although some (including myself) would vehemently argue that such assaults on the psyche are hardly worthy of the title, yet to be fair and even-handed it must be stipulated.

(Ok I promise, no more caffeine for me!)

Alas, alack for me, and all those who call themselves Poet, to be mixed with such baser matter that I (and perhaps you as well) would never, willingly, undertake to read or promote; nevertheless, where there is one there is always the other. Where there is Light, there is dark. Where there is Good, there is also Bad. (Where there is Chocolate, there is also Vanilla.) And although some may argue that one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter (with which I should in most cases concur) I cannot in good conscience agree with the subsequent postulation that all poetry, despite its thematic structure or outpouring is, by its very nature, Beauty in Words.

Where does that leave us then? You may ask with that quizzical expression, yet again, upon your face? (which does tend to happen a lot when I start blathering on)

I return to Poe, master (as I see it) of both sides of the poetic coin, who said: Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality. –  Edgar Allan Poe 

And thus, by saying that there is always Light and Dark, Right and Wrong, Beauty and Ugliness, is to say there is, or at least should be, Balance in everything. But to let one side of the coin rule the other, to let the darkness overshadow the light, or to let the atrocities to over rule the kindness is to live out of joint, which bring me to Hamlet (though it may have seemed you might escape that under the circumstances) who said: “Time is out of joint. O cursed spite, that ever I was born to set it right.”

And therein lies the paradox, or at least, the challenge. Do I Shine my Light or do I snuff it out in support of darkness? Do I Stand on the mountaintop and extol Liberty or do I hide in the safety of my home and shake my head ruefully? Do I proclaim Beauty in my Art with every fiber of my being, or do I bow to the pressure of sales, rating, and stats, producing something other than what would shimmer and glimmer, touch lives and speak quietly to hearts? It is a choice worth considering and a decision well worth making, though some may disagree with my logic and call me as mad as some named (or still name) Hamlet.
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~Morgan~
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Beautiful Original Artwork of Hades and Persephone by: *sandara at Deviantart.com

via Daily Prompt: Disagree Writing Prompt

17 thoughts on “#DailyPrompt: Disagree – Beauty in Words? You May Disagree

  1. Well, Morgan, that was something!! 😀 But I agree, NO MORE caffeine for you! 😀 😀 . I like the Poe quote, but I am not sure about the rhythm part… To me, and just for me, poetry is the artistic expression of the mind and soul in words. Very simple. but it works for me 🙂 Sending you lots of love and hugs, dearest Morgan! ❤

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    1. yes, I may have had a few too many Chais this morning 😉 nevertheless, Im glad you enjoyed…and I would tend to agree with you…as well 🙂 Poetry doesn’t always have to be Rhythmic…although I think in Poe’s time, it was far more so than now.

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      1. lol Its one of those Ghost Hunting television shows. Zak is the host. He was sitting in a room in the dark saying if there was an incubus in the room to have at him…thinking incubus are female…thus the faux pas that he hasn’t lived down yet lol 😉

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  2. he
    saw
    her
    sprawled
    in
    the
    snow
    her
    heart
    but
    a
    whisper
    in
    the
    relentless
    winter
    but
    he
    went
    to
    her

    shyly
    at
    first

    knowing
    that
    she
    had
    rum
    from
    earthly
    life

    so
    he
    took
    her
    and
    showed
    her
    something
    new

    he
    told
    her
    to
    choose
    and
    she
    put
    her
    arms
    around
    him
    and
    thanked
    him
    for
    showing
    her
    a
    wild
    and
    true
    beauty

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      1. no its fine, I just wasnt entirely sure if you meant to or if it was a WP Snafu. I never mind when poets share Inspiration, just wanted to be sure 😉 Thank You 🙂

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