the importance of mimicking

Ada Limón over at Harriet.

I think what she says is spot on. I’ve developed a bad habit of dipping – not immersion in the work of one poet, but grazing from multiple poets all the time. I need to go back to immersion. Or at least do it some of the time.

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2 thoughts on “the importance of mimicking

  1. Scavella says:

    As for me, I’m not sure I do agree with her. But maybe I’ve already done my obsessing: I already have my three favourite poets (Shakespeare doesn’t count) and am dipping to try and expand the triumvirate.

    Which three? Two DWM and one LBM (and no, Walcott didn’t make the cut)

    Keats
    Eliot

    Kamau Brathwaite

  2. Julie Carter says:

    I do agree with her. I think we learn first through imitation and then can, we hope, start innovation.

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