‘Truth is a mark of fearlessness. Cowards may spin a lie in the hope of deceiving one who can perceive the cons of the latter whereas only the courageous can bring the truth to light for the reason of keeping their karma stainless.
Truth stands alone, proud, worn by the owner of the confession like a great cape, a mark of the pure soul that resides within whereas a lie lurks deep and dark, like a foul stench. Many believe that it is an act, which sacrifices the trust, love and moral obligations that the perfect, honest man believes in.’
This is an expression of my imagination and understanding of Truth. I sincerely enjoy writing and I do it all the time. But if you were to imagine that I became a famous writer, the words I have penned could be one of my excellent works. Many will over-assess and analyze beyond what is essential. But what if there are no hidden meanings in my work or any other author/poet’s work? What if they are writing for self-satisfaction?
For example, it is common for an English teacher to read out a poem or passage and instruct the students to look for hidden meanings in the text. If you were to read a verse from ‘Brueghel’s Winter’ by Walter De La Mare:
“But flame, nor ice, nor piercing rock, nor silence, as of a frozen sea, nor that slant inward infinite line Of signboard, bird, and hill, and tree, Give more than subtle hint of him Who squandered here life’s mystery.”
Many would choose this famous poem to reflect upon. It is a poem written with a lot of emotion. It describes a winter’s day on which it has snowed everywhere. It tells the story of a man who has escaped the clutches of those who are hunting him. It is a poem filled with suspense and silence but there is no verse that gives any indication that the poet, Walter De La Mare was giving any moral advice to the reader.
The second poem, which I have taken from Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ may show nothing but just use of rhyme scheme and superior words to make the poem sound interesting, just like many modern children would do today.
“Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over
Thorough flood, thorough fire!
I do wander everywhere,
Than the moon’s sphere;
And I serve the Fairy Queen,
To dew her orbs upon
The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
In their gold coats spots
Those be rubies, fairy favours;
In those freckles live their
I must go seek some dewdrops here,
And hang a pearl in every
This poem is a classic; it talks about an individual doing a duty for his fairy queen by spreading dewdrops on cowslips, a type of plant. The topic may not catch the eye if read by many but what made it so famous was the use of short, crisp words with the rhyme pattern and a lovely, fictional subject. This is what perfect poets usually look for; either a verse with a deep subject that must be written with great emotion or, a short, precise topic that yet catches the eye of the reader. My verse followed the first rule and I believe it would be quite the rage if fitted into the olden times.
I wrote my verse based on how I felt about Truth. I did not try to include a message. I wrote about an integral value but not on the integral value. When a poem is written only grammar, good vocabulary, rhyme schemes and either a deep or light topic are needed to make the poem a sensational work of art. A poem can describe adventure or fear, suspense or great action. Even mythological or fictional characters may be in or part of the subject. That’s why I call ‘moral-lore’ in poems a Reader’s Myth.
So if anyone feels that they can’t understand what a poet is trying to express or make a connection through his poem, it would be quite safe to assume that all that the poet was trying to achieve was self- satisfaction and artistic pleasure for the reader.