Sunday, December 5, 2010

The power of poetry is supreme so it creates a balance in the environment, discuss.

In his essay “Redress of Poetry” Heaney brings poetry’s creative role to light. Besides other function of poetry, he especially evaluates poetry as a balancing force. He finds support for his views about imaginative literature, which poetry is, in Plato’s theory of Ideas.

Plato has banished poets from his Republic, he says that they take us away from the ideal but Aristotle is of the view that poets are essential to keep balance in society. Aristotle insisted that the poet takes us towards the ideal not away from ideal. To support his argument Heaney quotes Robert Frost’s poem “Directive”.
The poem is about a house that the children make with sand. They try to put in it all the comfort of a good real house. It means that poetry is an alternative to the world of actuality. Thus poetry serves to show us that perfection which we want to achieve. Actually poetry is a link between the real and ideal. Poetry takes us to Paradise while we stay on earth. This is how poetry strikes a balance between the real and the ideal.
Many critics say that poetry has nothing to do with real world and  poets have been considered as idle creators, who are always lost in their flights of imagination. But Heaney says that the world of reality and the world of imagination are two different worlds but they depend upon each other and they reinforce each other. He gives an example that once poets wrote the tales of flying carpets with the help of their imagination and today as a result now man only can fly in sky in aeroplanes but he has also conquered the space.
Heaney considers poets as a positive influence upon the people as poetry strikes a balance between the suffering of real world and human aspiration with its power of consolation. Poetry builds for us our world of consolation.  We live in the world which is given to us. We did not choose it.  But in our imagination we create our own world. That is the world of poetry. Poetry shows us the glimpse of those things which we miss in our life. This is consolation. Aristotle says that poetry performs catharsis and purifies human mind. Arnold went to the extent of saying that
All that now goes in the name of religion or philosophy will be replaced by poetry. He says poetry will show man the right path and it will bring consolation to man. Poetry has a power of sustaining man in difficulties. Here, he quotes Hardy’s poem, Afterwards, he says that the poet tries to answer the question raised by life. Life creates anxieties; Poetry tries to relieve them. Sidney wrote in “Apology for Poetry” Poetry strengthens the faculty which is the organ of the moral nature of men, in the same manners as exercise strengthens a limb.
Many people say that poets should write revolutionary poetry to shock the minds of people. And if anyone is writing he must write to evaluate the benefits of his state and as well as to promote the political views of people. There must be a balance between narrow nationalism and humanism.
He considers poets human first and patriots after that Here, he quotes W.B Yeats an Irish poet, who in one of his poems remembers the Irishmen who were killed in the rising of 1916. But he is also sorry for the Englishmen who died in the fight. Talking about the humanitarian zeal of poetry, Heaney says, that Yeats considers both enemies and friends as men. Heaney says, this is what poetry conveys to us, every man whether black or white, Irish or English has the same feelings, passion and blood. He says that poetry promotes the love of humanity while Politics divide.
Heaney rejects the “Obedience to the force of gravity”. He says in Politics we are always carried away by the force of gravity. The point which the poet wants to take side with stronger or weaker side. The poet should go with the merit of case. This is how there would be a balance between nationalism and humanism.
Many critics only emphasized an aesthetic role of poetry, they were of the opinion that poetry only reflects life. This opinion brings a only reflects life. This opinion brings a blot on constructive role of poetry that it cannot serve society as it is not practical. But Heaney says that poetry does more than reflecting life. Poetry is no longer just an aesthetic piece of art, it’s real value lies in its political usefulness and practical efficiency. But the impact of poetry is not practical, it is psychological. It is most important function of poetry to violent practically. Heaney says that if poetry becomes practical, it will not remain poetry, it will become propaganda. He says that poetry shows possibilities; it shows what is desirable and politician and other people from different sections the hidden hints in poetry. Thus, poetry gives us wisdom through delight. Giving pleasure and entertainment is the main function of poetry which satisfy our aesthetic sence. Poetry entertain us with its beautiful words, rhyme, and thought. If the thought would not be impressive and helpful, poetry would lose its value. Thus poetry entertains us with it’s musicality and aesthetic values and also serves as a pragmatic force through Psychological impact with the help of useful thoughts.
Heaney tries to demonstrate that poetry has a function in life, it serves as a balancing force. Poetry does not lead towards extremism. It shows us right way and leads towards perfection. If there are sufferings and miseries in life, poetry consoles us. Poetry deals well with our responsibilities to a nation but also infuses in us a spirit of humanism. It is poetry which is the real motive power in life.In his essay “Redress of Poetry” Heaney brings poetry’s creative role to light. Besides other function of poetry, he especially evaluates poetry as a balancing force. He finds support for his views about imaginative literature, which poetry is, in Plato’s theory of Ideas.
Plato has banished poets from his Republic, he says that they take us away from the ideal but Aristotle is of the view that poets are essential to keep balance in society. Aristotle insisted that the poet takes us towards the ideal not away from ideal. To support his argument Heaney quotes Robert Frost’s poem “Directive”.
The poem is about a house that the children make with sand. They try to put in it all the comfort of a good real house. It means that poetry is an alternative to the world of actuality. Thus poetry serves to show us that perfection which we want to achieve. Actually poetry is a link between the real and ideal. Poetry takes us to Paradise while we stay on earth. This is how poetry strikes a balance between the real and the ideal.
Many critics say that poetry has nothing to do with real world and  poets have been considered as idle creators, who are always lost in their flights of imagination. But Heaney says that the world of reality and the world of imagination are two different worlds but they depend upon each other and they reinforce each other. He gives an example that once poets wrote the tales of flying carpets with the help of their imagination and today as a result now man only can fly in sky in aeroplanes but he has also conquered the space.
Heaney considers poets as a positive influence upon the people as poetry strikes a balance between the suffering of real world and human aspiration with its power of consolation. Poetry builds for us our world of consolation.  We live in the world which is given to us. We did not choose it.  But in our imagination we create our own world. That is the world of poetry. Poetry shows us the glimpse of those things which we miss in our life. This is consolation. Aristotle says that poetry performs catharsis and purifies human mind. Arnold went to the extent of saying that
All that now goes in the name of religion or philosophy will be replaced by poetry. He says poetry will show man the right path and it will bring consolation to man. Poetry has a power of sustaining man in difficulties. Here, he quotes Hardy’s poem, Afterwards, he says that the poet tries to answer the question raised by life. Life creates anxieties; Poetry tries to relieve them. Sidney wrote in “Apology for Poetry” Poetry strengthens the faculty which is the organ of the moral nature of men, in the same manners as exercise strengthens a limb.
Many people say that poets should write revolutionary poetry to shock the minds of people. And if anyone is writing he must write to evaluate the benefits of his state and as well as to promote the political views of people. There must be a balance between narrow nationalism and humanism.
He considers poets human first and patriots after that Here, he quotes W.B Yeats an Irish poet, who in one of his poems remembers the Irishmen who were killed in the rising of 1916. But he is also sorry for the Englishmen who died in the fight. Talking about the humanitarian zeal of poetry, Heaney says, that Yeats considers both enemies and friends as men. Heaney says, this is what poetry conveys to us, every man whether black or white, Irish or English has the same feelings, passion and blood. He says that poetry promotes the love of humanity while Politics divide.
Heaney rejects the “Obedience to the force of gravity”. He says in Politics we are always carried away by the force of gravity. The point which the poet wants to take side with stronger or weaker side. The poet should go with the merit of case. This is how there would be a balance between nationalism and humanism.
Many critics only emphasized an aesthetic role of poetry, they were of the opinion that poetry only reflects life. This opinion brings a only reflects life. This opinion brings a blot on constructive role of poetry that it cannot serve society as it is not practical. But Heaney says that poetry does more than reflecting life. Poetry is no longer just an aesthetic piece of art, it’s real value lies in its political usefulness and practical efficiency. But the impact of poetry is not practical, it is psychological. It is most important function of poetry to violent practically. Heaney says that if poetry becomes practical, it will not remain poetry, it will become propaganda. He says that poetry shows possibilities; it shows what is desirable and politician and other people from different sections the hidden hints in poetry. Thus, poetry gives us wisdom through delight. Giving pleasure and entertainment is the main function of poetry which satisfy our aesthetic sence. Poetry entertain us with its beautiful words, rhyme, and thought. If the thought would not be impressive and helpful, poetry would lose its value. Thus poetry entertains us with it’s musicality and aesthetic values and also serves as a pragmatic force through Psychological impact with the help of useful thoughts.
Heaney tries to demonstrate that poetry has a function in life, it serves as a balancing force. Poetry does not lead towards extremism. It shows us right way and leads towards perfection. If there are sufferings and miseries in life, poetry consoles us. Poetry deals well with our responsibilities to a nation but also infuses in us a spirit of humanism. It is poetry which is the real motive power in life.

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