Kasey Mohammad wrote a response to Mike Snider‘s post on meter that was strikingly similar to mine. Mike also posted a new entry which addresses, for the most part, the concerns and questions raised in both of our responses.
Kasey also opens for debate the question of whether or not a poem (or poetry) should be taken seriously if it doesn’t involve hard work. He says, “I just mean that writing poetry–any kind of poetry–is hard. And then, you know, only sometimes. Sometimes it’s easy!” Mike claims “red herring” status for that discussion, saying, “I don’t believe it should always be hard work to write a poem. Some are gifts, and I’m always grateful. However, I do believe that no one can consistently produce good poems without having done a lot of hard work at making poems.”
Of course, for academicians, it would seem to be a red herring because no one (in academia) truly questions the fact that poetry comes from craft (you know, 10% inspiration/90% perspiration applies to poetry too); craft requires [is] a set of skills; and skills come from dedication, study, and perseverance. The fact that an individual poem may be produced with little effort at some point is the result of the unswerving effort of the poet in the past. This is what Mike is saying (I think). Rather than being a red herring though, I think it is a very important point, one which is sometimes forgotten, even in academia, today. I would even go so far as to say that if one is consistently producing (so-called) poems with little effort, he or she is probably doing something wrong.