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February 23, 2007

Poetry Envy

Poetry Selections -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

"A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;"

I am so envious of those who can write effective poetry. Actually, I am envious of anyone who can write any kind of fiction worth reading. It is something I have little experience with in any academic setting and I've never had the time to really try my hand at it and labor over it on my own. It really frustrates me that I can sit down and pump out a decent paper on anything based in fact or analyzing a piece of writing in a few hours if I need to - in fact some of my best work is produced that way - but ask me to write a piece of fiction and I want to crawl into a corner and die.

How do they do it? How can someone like Joyce Kilmer come up with the idea to write about something as ordinary and everyday as a tree and do something as clever yet simple as to personify it in such a profound way? How? How? How? Is there any hope for people like me to some day write anything that worth reading? Sigh. Those of you who enjoy creative writing and have a gift for it please don't waste it because people like me are envious and it makes me sad when people don't utilize their talents to their greatest potential.

Posted by LorinSchumacher at February 23, 2007 1:23 AM


Lorin, I feel the exactly the same way. I am completely comfortable with analytical writing, but when you ask me to get creative, I panic. So, the next time you want to crawl into a corner, I might just join you.

Posted by: Ellen Einsporn at February 23, 2007 2:18 AM

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