Saturday, 16 August 2008

Objectivity and nature poems

Some, Hughes among them, would say that nature poems should show us something about ourselves. Others would say that precise description is enough.

When I look at a well crafted wildlife photograph with light, focus and composition showing the creature in stunning detail, being itself in its habitat - that's all you need, isn't it? So why shouldn't poetry be the same? After all, isn't wildlife there for its own sake? It seems to manage very well in those areas that are most remote to humans.

Is admiration sufficient response? What do you think?

This photo of a dipper is by Colin Smith - follow the link from this blog to see more of his splendid images.

3 comments:

Crafty Green Poet said...

I think it depends on the circumstances, there is certainly a place for a beautifully crafted poetic description of nature,

Mistlethrush said...

So we have 1 vote for objectivity. Any one want to agree or object (errr is that the right word...) to being purely objective?

Jarod K. Anderson said...

I think I could take either side in such a debate. Nature certainly merits poems aimed only at praise and description. Yet, is there a more fertile subject to act as a metaphor for any facet of the human condition? We are, after all, part of nature. Interesting things to consider (and great picture.)

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