Poetry is a form of life.
Poetry is a form of being which tends to manifest itself in various forms. First of all, language. Poetry can exist before, during and after the artist’s death. Because it sustains life by itself. To be more honest, poetry is the manifestation of life itself. Poetry is so often manifested in the form of linguistic production where the boundaries between poetry as a sensuous and sentimental experience and poetry as a linguistic evocation are blurry. The proof that poetry is an elusive condition which haunts the spirit at intervals is the fact that its forthcoming cannot be controlled or fully triggered. Poetry happens when the individual leaves space to the unknown and unfathomable nature of spiritual orgasm to take shape and manifest itself through words, images or sounds.
The most common explorations of the poetic state of being are poems, paintings and classical music. It is almost useless for the actual transcendental state of poetry to analyse and to explain how these different forms of art come into place, because it is exactly this nature of the poetic state which is elusive, jolting and mortal. Poetry is usually what is being called upon when one encounters a particular kind of geometry or symmetry; this could be the rhythmic verse or alliterations in a poem per se. it can be a beautiful harmonization of color, shape and depth in an expressionist painting. Finally, it can be this sweet feeling which can be met in some forms of music with classical music being on top of the hierarchy.
Also, many people from academics, to artists to writers have always wondered: what is poetry? who knows?. This questions remains to be answered because it is simply as an individualized experience as is fear, pain or happiness. The way we cannot define fear, pain or happiness for each one of us, therefore we cannot define what poetry is. Because poetry is exactly this indiscernible state of being when one is triggered by a spiritual stimulus which is higher than what one can describe, present or understand. Therefore, from the available tools one has in our society, one chooses either language, visuality or sound. People who cannot experience this state of being are and will always be alien to poetry in all its manifestations, and if I am allowed to take it a bit further- to all manifestations of art.
Art like nothing else in the world – let me say good art – is the only thing in the world which allows a mental projection of the self into the time spheres of the “Other”. Past, present and future merge and converge in a unique way. Reflecting on art is the only way one can reach the state of being in poetic trance when one lacks the natural foundations of thinking poetically or being poetic. What we do truly mean when we say sentences like “this is very poetic”, “this painting has some poetry”, “those lyrics are poetry” etc is that our brain perceives some stimulus which brings it close to this poetic trance which is a characteristic element of the poets. What is true here is that a painting cannot be a poem nor can a song because they lack the conventional manifestation of a poem which is written form in free or rhythmic verse and makes some sense. However we still consider there is something poetic in this; we even trace some poetic element in the way someone behaves or speaks or even sleeps.
From all these findings we must conclude that poetry is what actually exists and causes to exist through speech, visuality or sound. The essence of poetry is largely attached to the notion of language to the extent that scholars and experts from all disciplines fall in the same pitfall every time to try to answer the question of “what is poetry”, when poetry is everywhere around us and especially in us. What the poets have different from the rest of the world is the ability to see this state, understand it, appreciate it to the very depth and then – put it on the paper, canvas or piano.