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The Artist - CHALLENGE 9

The Artist - CHALLENGE 9
By Ghostwriter on 03/29/2011
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(Inspired by W.H. Auden''s ''The Novelist'')

He is the master of none
Except all in his dominion.
He is the master of all;
Save that of patience or grace.
He is either self righteous and bullish -
Or else pitiful and self loathing.
He is seen as passively aggressive -
Or aggressively passive.
But in all cases he is
Even in self condemnation.

Perhaps he is a martyr to his own cause?
Slaving away at what he professes to love.
Perhaps he is beating his temple with savagery,
Slogging away at what he now comes to hate.
He inflicts illness on an already frail mind.
And the pen, piano or paintbrush
Are dangerous weapons,
For self harm.

Alas, he gives purpose to his servitude of debt.
Debt to a world both within and without.
He creates tablature to capture pain
Or else he will fall into apathy -
- And he cannot let that happen again!

But try as he might to put right all wrongs,
His quest is forlorn, his baggage; his songs.
He is, indisputably,
His own worst enemy.


The Novelist by W.H.Auden

Encased in talent like a uniform,
The rank of every poet is well known;
They can amaze us like a thunderstorm,
Or die so young, or live for years alone.
They can dash forward like hussars: but he
Must struggle out of his boyish gift and learn
How to be plain and awkward, how to be
One after whom none think it worth to turn.

For, to achieve his lightest wish, he must
Become the whole of boredom, subject to
Vulgar complaints like love, among the Just

Be just, among the Filthy filthy too,
And in his own weak person, if he can,
Must suffer dully all the wrongs of Man.
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© By Ghostwriter On 3/29/2011 11:49:48 AM
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