St Ives Poetry Circle and Poetry Forum

Poetry Circle @ St.Ives Library First Friday in the Month 1.30 -3.30 TEL. 798245 All Welcome!

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Following last month’s inspirational ‘journeys’ theme, this month St Ives Poetry Circle and Poetry Forum’s will be equally challenging, led by Liz White, founder member of the Poetry Circle.
Not only are you invited to bring your own poem (with some spare copies please) which we will listen to and discuss in a friendly and helpful way, but also in the second part of the session Liz will be asking us to think about poetic innovation. Are you a poetic innovator? Everyone welcome at the Library, even if you just wish to listen at the St Ives Poetry Circle and Poetry Forum.

St Ives Poetry Circle and Poetry Forum

St Ives Poetry Circle and Poetry Forum

A poet is a person who writes poetry. A poet’s work can be literal, meaning that his work is derived from a specific event, or metaphorical, meaning that his work can take on many meanings and forms. Poets have existed since antiquity, in nearly all languages, and have produced works that vary greatly in different cultures and time periods.Throughout each civilization and language, poets have used various styles that have changed through the course of literary history, resulting in a history of poets as diverse as the literature they have produced.

The English word “poet” is derived from the French poète, itself descended from the Latin first-declension masculine noun poeta, meaning “poet”. The word “poetry” derives from the Latin feminine noun poetria, meaning not “poetry” but “poetess”.

French poet Arthur Rimbaud summarized the “poet” by writing:

“A poet makes himself a visionary through a long, boundless, and systematized disorganization of all the senses. All forms of love, of suffering, of madness; he searches himself, he exhausts within himself all poisons, and preserves their quintessences. Unspeakable torment, where he will need the greatest faith, a superhuman strength, where he becomes all men: the great invalid, the great criminal, the great accursed—and the Supreme Scientist! For he attains the unknown! Because he has cultivated his soul, already rich, more than anyone! He attains the unknown, and, if demented, he finally loses the understanding of his visions, he will at least have seen them! So what if he is destroyed in his ecstatic flight through things unheard of, unnameable: other horrible workers will come; they will begin at the horizons where the first one has fallen!”

Although that is only one opinion of many on a poet’s definition.

William Wordsworth once described the poet’s task as to:

“A present joy the matter of a song,

Pour forth that day my soul in measured strains

That would not be forgotten and are here

(The Prelude Book 1)

Marianne Moore famously described the poet’s job as creating “imaginary gardens with real toads in them”.(Poetry)

Many poets such as Virgil in the Aeneid and John Milton in Paradise Lost invoke the aid of a Muse to help them in their tasks.

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  • Noel Canin 6 years ago

    What a lovely video, so glad I looked you all up. Do you welcome visitors?

    • Daphne Milne 4 years ago

      Hi Noel, long time catching up with this. Yes we do have visitors and it would be great to meet you at last other than by email.