Yeah, when I refer to "poets," I mean all of us - collectively. Like BBfanboy says, there's a bit of poet in every one of us.
I'm not much of a poet. Really, I'm not one at all. I've written about eight poems that I'm not ashamed of. I've written a bunch that I am ashamed of. Some of the words that ended up "on paper" were incredibly bad.
But avid readers and avid writers often have a love affair with words. Some writers can make words sing. Some make them squeak in protest.
Searching for just the right word is fun. When you find it, the satisfaction is amazing. As Mark Twain said, the difference between a good word and the perfect words is as the difference between the lightning bug and lightning.
I read the story to my class today. Their reaction was what I had hoped for. But they are prejudiced - I knew they would appreciate the topic, and they know and tolerate my writing and speaking. Still, they make a good sounding board. For now, I'll put it aside for a few days, then re-read it with a fresh eye.
Words pale compared to the musical sound. For words pass through the intellect first, whereas a musical note goes straight to deep inward feelings. Can words be made visceral, given the timbre, phrasing, articulation, and vibrato of a musical instrument rather than that of just a sung word. Words can have too much Pre-definition, a musical tone is defined by the listener. Explained in a "slight return" of Twain - To strike like lightning straight to deep inward feelings instead of fluttering around the intellect like a lightning bug.
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