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Every Horse Has A Mouth: A Personal Poetics

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This chapter looks at the credentials of the very idea of creative process in the field of poetry. It inquires into the legitimacy of inquiring into the 'creative process'. The chapter describes some aspects of the author's experience, to see whether anything in the processes of his creating deserves to be called a creative process. It asks why one should try to effect a union between such disparate concepts as those of creation and process. It may seem reasonable that someone who has both published extensively on aesthetic theory and made a public profession of poetry should be asked to testify from personal experience on the creative process. Talk of the creative process, it seems, covers two questions the poet may be asked: how he came to bend his attention steadily in that unremunerative direction, and how he comes to write this or that poem.

Keywords: aesthetic theory; creative process; poem; poetry



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