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By Harriet Staff. Originally Published: December 17th, Quick Tags. Read More.
“Poet of the Soul": Poets on Whitman
You want desperately to speak to it but ordinary speech seems inadequate. The only language you can think of to use is poetry which is the true language of the soul. This is what makes muses so extraordinarily desirable, the urge to unite with them so irresistible. The muse is a part of your Self, your own soul you are seeing reflected in the Other. Like a mirage, the image of the muse dissolves as you approach. This is the terrible paradox of the muse: the poet can look, yearn, reach for, worship but never actually possess it.
Because nothing destroys the elusive beauty of a muse faster than the harsh light of day-to-day familiarity. The poet who actually lives with the person who is his muse will soon discover he has a companion, a friend, a lover, but he has lost his radiant source of inspiration. The muse has become a real person and is no longer a shimmering reflection of a soul. The theme of the muse has haunted me for many years.
Expressing that in a song, a poem, or a painting, is what artists do.
Feel free to listen as you read on. Back in the 12th century, the troubadours found a way around this problem; they simply fell in love with someone who was unobtainable.
Their muses were married women of high birth, far beyond the reach of a mere jongleur. Because she was always seen from afar, the lady could embody all the goddess-like qualities the troubadour imagined her to have. The troubadours wrote exquisite songs extolling the virtues of their remote muses, begging for their favors, vowing to die if love went unrequited.
But, of course, they knew the lady never could and never would fulfill their desires. She would remain eternally out of reach. He claims to have first seen her when they were both nine years old and knew immediately that he was destined to love her always.
Beatrice was married off at eighteen to a man chosen for her by her parents; she probably died at about the age of twenty. But Dante preserved an image of her in his mind long after she was gone, an image that inspired him to create one of the greatest poems ever written.
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