"[Poetry] may make us from time to time a little more aware of the deeper, unnamed feelings which form the substratum of our being, to which we rarely penetrate; for our lives are mostly a constant evasion of ourselves." "Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality." "As things are, and as fundamentally they must always be, poetry is not a career, but a mug's game. No honest poet can ever feel quite sure of the permanent value of what he has written: He may have wasted his time and messed up his life for nothing. "
These words above were written not by someone who hated poetry but by one of the greatest of modern poets--T.S. Eliot
They deserve our close attention and our respect.Mickey Coleman who visited me recently from Ireland left behind a CD with songs that he has written and he performs. HE HAS A GOOD VOICE AND HE ALSO HAS A POET'S TOUCH WITH THE LYRICS.
I have played his CD now several times over and I am reminded again that I come from a family of poets, singers, bards.