You May See Beauty in Poetry

You may see
Beauty in poetry,
And smile
While
The thing being described,
Is otherwise …

17 thoughts on “You May See Beauty in Poetry

    1. K Morris Poet Post author

      Thank you, Gabriela. I have always thought that beauty in poetry (as with beauty more generally) is in the eye of the beholder. Something which is considered dark by the poet may be construed as beautiful by the reader. I’ve certainly found this to be the case with my own work, and I suspect that other poets have found likewise. Best wishes, Kevin

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  1. blindzanygirl

    How true Kevin. It is so odd to me that I can write something that seems dark, but yet with a gem of light buried within it, and readers see only the dark, and then feel sorry for me lol. I find it frustrating but of course have to live with it. Love this poem Kevin.

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    1. K Morris Poet Post author

      Yes, what the poet meant (and how his/her readers interpret the poem) are, as you rightly say often 2 very different kettles of fish. I think also that readers often see in a poem what they wish to see (I.E. what chimes with their mood at the time of reading it and/or their world view). Best wishes, Kevin

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      1. blindzanygirl

        You are so right Kevin. We have to let a poem go once we have written it and made it public but itโ€™s hard sometimes, I feel. It is the nature of poetry though. And think of all the dead poets who wrote in a totally different age to ours, and we can never truly penetrate that world. Yet, amazingly, because we are human beings with human emotions, we can still gain something from them. It is amazing to me.

      2. K Morris Poet Post author

        I agree absolutely with you Lorraine. Ultimately its only the poet (him or herself) who can, in whatever epoch they wrote, truly know the meaning of their poem.

        Best, Kevin

  2. S Francis

    Kevin,

    A bit of sly wisdom here and thanks for stopping by the Go Dog Go Cafe to share it. The poem I shared today in a way reflects this idea of finding beauty through poetry where there may not be beauty in the eyes of other beholders. Trees in winter the image with the process of renewal being the theme.

    S Francis

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    1. K Morris Poet Post author

      Many thanks for commenting and liking my poem, Francis. I shall take a look at your poem later today. Its interesting that your piece touches on a similar theme. Best wishes, Kevin

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