Wednesday, 28 March 2007
"The business of the poet is not to find new emotions, but to use the ordinary ones and, in working them up into poetry, to express feelings which are not in actual emotions at all. And emotions which he has never experienced will serve his turn as well as those familiar to him. Consequently, we must believe that 'emotion recollected in tranqulity' is an inexact formula . . . Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things." ~ T.S. Eliot
as for me, writing is an entering into other thoughtscapes, emotions and dimensions, rather than it is an expression of something.
it also is other dimensions entering into me - the writing is the journey, is the trip (of both, me and the words), and it is the process of writing itself that creates the emotion, the altered state of consciousness.
it's more an in than an ex.... an "into" rather than an "out of".
i'm not letting it out - i'm letting myself in...