In a recent response left on another poets work the commenter said that they had stopped looking at a lot of poets work here on Lit as they had read these individuals work and they were just regurgitating the same theme over and over again.
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This at first made me wonder just how boring my own work could become. Despite making attempts to vary my work, I must admit that whatever I write seems to head off in the same direction of saying how much we should accept our lot in life, take responsibility for our actions, and above all have fun. This is not however deliberate. I can pick up a pen and decide to write on any subject, but my muse will take over and steer it the way it wants to go!
Do we, as poets, have a choice, is the personal responsibility I speak of really what I take in producing my work? There are times when I certainly do not know what I have written until I read it! However, when working at psychic levels I also have this dilemma, while I can hear what I am saying, the words flow freely from another dimension.
So what is personal responsibility, especially in the field of communication. When I have written a poem I have the option to alter it or not publish it. I also have the option to totally disagree with it and write a piece on my own views in its place.(Though in reality a different muse would probably take over, even with this).
On psychic levels I have the option not to allow words to pass through my lips or filter the messages being passed to suit the circumstances. I do not however have the option to alter any messages given in this way, but may add my own opinion as to the validity of them.
Back to the problem of becoming a boring old fart! I thought I would look at this from the eyes of the critic to see if I agreed and was surprised to say that, with the exception of my own work, I did not. I actively seek out poets and writers for the skill they have in writing on certain subjects. Yes I like variety, but would be totally disappointed if they never returned to the very things that I love their work for!
In summary, this critic has made me review both my writing and reading habits, but I must say I am glad that my thirst is not quenched by a person’s repetition. If I want to know anything I will revisit the fountain of knowledge continually to replenish my cup and savour the way the water changes taste with maturity.
I will however try to add a little spice to my own work, as I personally get bored with droning on about the same old subjects………..
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