Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Hello every one. I was just thinking about the reason for the revised version of “Poetry” and this is what I came up with.
Some may argue that the shorter, three-line, version of Moore’s poem “Poetry” is not as powerful as the original, and therefor not necessary . However I feel that the shorter version was not meant to stand alone. It is meant to be a companion to the longer version. It is meant to complement it, making it better.
In the original version Moore explains how poetry can be this wonderful medium by which one can bring to life the beauty of the world. She explains how true creativity can arise from it (“one discovers in it after all, a place for the genuine”) . And then she tells us that all of this can be undermined by becoming so convoluted as to become “unintelligible.” In her own words “we do not admire what we cannot understand.” This is when the shorter version comes into play.
In the shorter version Moore just tells us the bare basics: poetry can be tedious but is also a sublime way to view the world in a different light. And by doing it I such a concise way she brings back the beauty of poetry and makes it available for everyone to understand. That’s why the shorter version is so powerful, and that’s why it was needed. To add beauty to an already beautiful poem. But that’s just my point of view. I’m sure there are others.

1 comment:

  1. Your point of view makes a lot of sense. I find the revision very clever and for Moore, ironic. Since the first version had been published for awhile she must of known people were going to read the new revised version in context with the original and that, like you said, is where the power and genius of "Poetry" is found. To say one is better than the other would be only seeing half the picture.


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