Poetry and Politics

Poetry and politics are like water
and wax, they just don’t mix.

source: Eddie Two Hawks
image: Eddie’s Garden Photos
Lizard on Leaf April 2013


17 thoughts on “Poetry and Politics

    • It seems there may be some misunderstanding over the ‘true definition’ of the word ‘politics’.
      It is found in any dictionary.
      I chose Wikipedia: ‘Politics (from Greek: Politiká: Politika, definition “affairs of the cities”) is the process of making decisions that apply to members of a group. More narrowly, it refers to achieving and exercising positions of governance — organized control over a human community, particularly a state’.
      Of coarse it can be used within poetry but it’s original definition warrants that it is a ‘system of governance’
      for a community and not a ‘poetic’ form.

      The definition of poetry is ‘literary work in which special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas by the use of distinctive style and rhythm.

      What do these two have in common?

  1. I disagree also. I don’t think anyone has the right to assume that what doesn’t mix well in their own personal world does not blend well in another’s. I am more moved by poetry, of any style, that relates to topics important to me. Those are religion, love, politics and social justice.

    • Please understand that no harm was ever intended and obviously others agree.
      I merely fell poetry to be a language of the ‘heart’.
      Whereas politics is a language of the ‘head’.

  2. Well, I’m sorry, but I have to disagree cause I write political poetries and others that discuss philosophical concepts. Your quote is luinguisticly appealing, but the concept that it represents is too general…

    • Don’t be sorry for thinking differently. It’s not unexpected, in fact I was wondering when it would happen. Thank you so much for kindly expressing your opinion, it is always welcome.

  3. Now this made me smile and truly puts a little bounce in my step as I head out. Perfectly beautiful and serene…there is a world that politics will never be able to invade 🙂

  4. When I first saw this picture, I thought I was looking at a catepillar (I have no idea why – lol!). So, naturally, I started thinking of how poetry or politics could be transformed to make them more compatible…

    Then I read the comments about a lizard, and went back and looked. Sure enough, it’s a lizard in the photo…

    So… um… I guess I got nothin’ to say… unless I could work with the “cold-blooded” angle. Hmm… ;D

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