Thursday, May 17, 2007

Poetry. Saying more, with less

I remember rather vividly, once when I was having one of my many arguments my ex-boss (one of the most brilliant people I have ever come across) he said to me:

"The biggest and the deepest thoughts can be conveyed in the simplest of words" I argued vehemently against it as at that point in time I was arguing FOR increasing the word count per article but generally, I agree with his drift.

Those of you who know me would probably be thinking "but you talk so damn much!" Well, that is simply because I want to communicate a lot more :)

But you are right, I am a words person (if I may invent a category) so much so that music for me is all about the lyrics. Poetry has always fascinated me, even when I had to study it as part of my course at school.

Having said that, I am the first one to clarify that I am not into the sort of poetry which goes through reams and reams of pages and thousands of lines to get to the point. No, I like poetry that says more with less and its incredible how the simplest lines can define ones entire life and yet not make the life seem shallow.

It is the ability of the poets, to simplify complex thoughts, emotions and events and convey them in a couple of lines which you remember for the rest of your life, that draws me to it.

Sitting here in a rather reflective mood, listening to Tequila Sunrise, my mind seems to keep repeating these 6 lines again and again. These lines have changed by life and are the most inspirational words I have ever read, save for The Alchemist which is at once inspiring and dangerous - but that is a story for another day.

For now, read these lines, go read the whole poems if you so like and if possible, post your favorites here so I can read them too.

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

- Robert Frost. The Road Not Taken

If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
- Rudyard Kipling. If

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