Archive for September, 2017

I’ll be uploading some fresh new poems on to a separate blog in the near future. I have always wanted to revisit my poetic talents but I never felt like I could articulate my thoughts in a way that was coherent and that satisfied how I truly felt. Most of the poetry I wrote was mainly in my adolescent teenage years and was loosely inspired by the Romanticist poetry I learnt whilst studying English Literature at school. I have spent some time recently reflecting on how authentic I really was towards Romanticism; and although I believe I wrote in the style and and the vein of the Romantic Poet – particularly ones who “renounced the rationalism and order associated with the preceding Enlightenment era, stressing the importance of expressing authentic personal feelings. ” – I felt that I did not capture the sense of social responsibility to inform and inspire other that is often associated with Romantic poetry. It would be great if I could bring an essence that back into my new poetry, although I do not wish to stifle my creativity by enforcing a particular writing style. Most of my poetry was written through a prism of typical teenage angst, which probably represented my narrow world view at the time! Since then, I have invested much of my attention towards current political affairs, historical research and a willingness to look at those things with a radical perspective, my poetry will touch upon those themes with hopefully the same level of creative enthusiasm that I had placed in my earlier writing.

In my opinion, the world we interact with is filled dark and disturbing imagery that can often bring out the worst in us. The media are often the culprits of this, but we also play our part by gullibly seeking political and historical information with a blissful ignorance towards the truth. Whilst I understand how important accurate research is, I believe that for our mental health we occasionally need to take step back and view these issues in a more measured manner. Hopefully my poetry will reflect this.

 

I still plan on blogging about radical, political historical matters. My next post will discuss Irish political history and its global relevance regarding independence and cultural citizenship.

wilfred owen

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