I’m thinking about writing poems from the perspective of one character in my novel. It’s been a long time since I read poems, so I’ve done some research and then, I sort of feel it’s not going to happen very soon…
During the little research I’ve read some famous poems from Pablo Neruda or Tagore. Really romantic I think, but I also wonder about the people/women they wrote about. How did they feel about these poems? When you know someone is writing poems about you and send them to you, how do you feel?
Writing is in a way something very personal. Even though you are writing about someone you like in your own creative work, but how the other person will feel about it is another thing, and the result may not go in the way you want. I once wrote about a guy I liked and later on, he happened to read it from someone else’s email box. Then things became really awkward and we became very distant. So, one really needs to be careful about recipients when you email anything out.
So I think, any poem, once it is written, it has its own life. It cannot bring about something you want–mostly make things go in the opposite way, unless, probably, when the poet is a man. It’s too bad we don’t know how those poets’ lover feel when they read those poems. Maybe, from their responses, we can learn more about whether “writing a poem about the one you like and sending it to them" will be helpful in building relationship. But like I said, a poem has its own life, so later on, who is the one that feels touched by these verses? It’s “Reader"–a group of people from different generations, different sexs, different religions, different cultures. A poet’s creative work is not exactly written to us, but we may come to be its best recipient. We read it, we really feel touched by it, some people even interpret it or analyze it. All these things can not be foreseen by its creator.
So these random thoughts also apply to the song below. I like it but I also think if it is written about someone, and how is this person going to feel when he/she hears it? All these emotions in the lyrics just flow to…where/whom, really? I have no answer for these questions, but it’s a nice old tune from Duran Duran.