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It’s too grand a topic for one person to make any generalized statement. But I can share what I don’t see as poetry. “Rose is beautiful,” for example. It’s not poetry. Rose is beautiful to everyone. It doesn’t diminish the significance of rose being beautiful—whether it is beautiful only to you or to all, the significance of its beauty remains intact. Yet there is no difference between you saying it and someone else in this matter.

Is differentiation poetry then? No. That’s not true, either. Differentiation is yet the other side of generalisation. The fact that you have your own, differentiated voice is no different from others. We all have our own, differentiated voice. In this, someone saying, “rose is beautiful,” is no different than you saying, “rose is hideous.” The subjective notion of rose’s condition in each of our eyes is a general phenomenon. Attempting to make a distinctive voice with similes, metaphors, hyperboles, symbolization, and personification won’t work, either, as poetry. It’s either a manipulation or an exaggeration. or a pure nonsense. and no, the fact something rhymes doesn’t make automatically what’s not poetry poetry.

Then what is poetry for me? I still don’t know. Can’t you see I am still working on that? But I guess I can throw in my own ball park figure here. Whatever you observe must astound you. It must strike you. It must bleed you. And you bleed all over the paper with words dripping with your soul’s essence. Then even if you say, “rose is beautiful,” it could come in the most distinctive way that no one else can share the expression but only its essence. Then after all, “rose is beautiful” can be poetry … only in a complete different context. perhaps, the context that you are submerged within or throw yourself in—either by force or being forced—determines the voice of poetry? This is a question to myself.
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