Tuesday, February 5, 2013
"That of a Catalyst"
T.S. Elliot comes up with an analogy that describes the mature poets mind and how feelings are used in different combinations. The analogy is when two gases are mixed together with the presence of platinum. In order for the gases to make something platinum must be present. However, the newly formed acid will have no trace of platinum in it and the platinum will remain unchanged.
T.S. Elliot goes on to explain how the poets mind is the platinum. Instead of the two gases the two substances are that of emotions and feelings. The way that a piece of poetry effects someone triggers their emotions and is formed by their feelings. Some great poets will write their poetry without emotions, but composed of only feelings. The poets mind is created of "feelings, phrases, images which remain there until all the particles which can unite to form a new compound are present together."
I find this to be a very interesting way to look at a poets mind, but it seems to make a lot of sense. I feel as if in a lot of poetry there are a lot of different feelings and emotions being presented by the poet, but at the same point these feelings and emotions can easily trigger a different type of emotion in the reader, like a chemical reaction.