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Author's Note: This special couplet on "Ars Poetica" is one that I originally wrote and finished on January 10, 2018. This particular poem speaks to my view of the "Art of Poetry," and harkens back at the outset of the poem with my mention of Horace circa 19 BC who first addressed this theme at that time of his life with his original classic version of "Ars Poetica." Enjoy the poem!! (Gary Bateman - June 20, 2020)

Ars Poetica Horace circa 19 BC gave some sound advice to poets on the art of writing poetry and drama. The following thoughts may echo in our minds, most likely, the intent of what he may have meant . . . A poem may excite and delight readers with its imagery, meaning, metaphors, and so much more A poem may speak of “home” and what it means to each of us as we grow up and reach adulthood A poem may excite one’s imagination to learn of people, places, events, and things in our world A poem may speak to one’s emotions— love, lust, hate, happiness, sadness, and more A poem may speak to palpability— touching, feeling, embracing, kissing, and more A poem may address courage— to stand for something meaningful against all odds A poem may address a weakness— cowardice, avarice, and even a temptation A poem may address humility— in realizing that being humble can be strength too A poem may address faith— believing in yourself and others, and a cosmic destiny A poem may address morality— as good and evil, right and wrong are with us always A poem may address objects and images— that tickle one’s poetic imagination and certitude Gary Bateman, Copyright © All Rights Reserved January 10, 2018 (Couplet)

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Date: 9/14/2020 1:44:00 PM
You certainly covered all the bases on this one. A person's taste in poetry is quite subjective but hard to argue with your list. Have a wonderful day my friend.
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Gary Bateman
Date: 9/15/2020 8:40:00 AM
Hello David, Many Thanks for your comment and observation here about "Ars Poetica." What I listed in this particular poem was, of course, far from exhaustive. What a poem or any poem may speak to is ultimately up to the poet-author. But the main thing is to attempt to connect to the reader as much as possible in the process of trying to accomplish your goals and in getting your theme realized by the reader. Best Always, Gary
Date: 9/13/2020 9:22:00 AM
I've been away far too long that I missed this gem. I always feel that writing should be done with feeling even if you are to write on a bit of cork. Brilliant write as always. ~~
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Gary Bateman
Date: 9/13/2020 10:20:00 AM
Hello Victor, Many Thanks here for your read and for your very kind words!! (BTW, I am posting intermittently on occasion as I am right in the middle of editing my second book of poetry for publication later this year.) I take to heart very much here your comments on "Ars Poetica." Yes, definintely, "writing" should always be done with "feeling." Best Always, Gary
Date: 8/31/2020 3:44:00 AM
You are so right on delightfully exploring the versatility of poetic topics , subjects and their impact and effects on readers wow!! I admire this great unique offering itself. Kudos! Plz pleez do read and comment my newest poem too.
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Date: 8/31/2020 10:32:00 AM
Hello Zaynab, Thanks for your note here and for your read of "Ars Poetica." Yes, for sure, I shall drop by to take a read of your latest poem. (I haven't been actively posting very many poems of recent as I've been getting the manuscript of my second book of poetry arranged and finished so I can get it to my publisher.) Stay in touch as you can, and I'll do the same. Best Always, Gary
Date: 7/27/2020 4:29:00 PM
Hi Gary, As I read this poem, I realized, hey, a poet can make a poem from any subject if he masters poetic techniques and expression. You proved that. Great weaving. Great poem with a solid lesson for poets. Sherese
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Gary Bateman
Date: 7/27/2020 5:09:00 PM
Hello Sherese!! I am very pleased that you enjoyed my metaphoric venture into "Ars Poetica." This particular poem is my effort to pay homage to Horace 19 BC who first led the charge on this particular theme and concept. Many Thanks for your gracious comments here!! Cheers and Best, Gary
Date: 6/28/2020 5:20:00 PM
What a marvel of a poem! You have displayed in detail human nature mein freund , Gary. Yes, poetry is all this and more . Wonderful profound lines! Blessings.
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Gary Bateman
Date: 6/29/2020 9:46:00 AM
Hello Demetrios!! Many Thanks for dropping by to take a read of "Ars Poetica." I really enjoyed writing this poem because of the overall focus of its theme on poetry. This poem will appear with many others that will be part of my second book of poetry to be published later this year. Ingrid and I hope that all is well by you and your family!! All The Best!! Gary
Date: 6/28/2020 2:25:00 PM
your pen has painted very beautifully the art of poetry, always great to read from you gary wishing you both a blessed week ahead
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Date: 6/28/2020 2:34:00 PM
Hello Liam!! Many Thanks my great poetic friend for your read and comment here on my "Ars Poetica" poem!! All is well by Ingrid and me. I am presently working on the final review of my second book manuscript, and I am hoping to send it out by August, if not sooner, to my publisher. I will keep you in the loop on this. (A 526-page manuscript it is!!) All of our co-writes will be included in this second book. Best Wishes to your family!! Cheers and Best, Gary
Date: 6/24/2020 6:31:00 AM
There is definitely art in poetry and poetry in art...where a picture is worth a thousand words...and a poem a thousand vistas...both are divine gifts...well expressed my friend and welcome back Gary...^WW^ :o)
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Gary Bateman
Date: 6/24/2020 5:06:00 PM
Hello WW, Many Thanks for your very kind note here about "Ars Poetica." I've been away for a while preparing my second book of poetry for formal publication later this year. I really do appreciate your thoughts about "art in poetry" and "poetry in art." I will stay in touch. Cheers and Best, Gary
Date: 6/21/2020 9:18:00 AM
Wonderful... a poem speaks of emotions felt...it's the daily news of life...Well done
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Date: 6/21/2020 10:18:00 AM
Hello Arturo, Always great to hear from you!! Poetry very much is a wondrous medium for poets to write about topics and themes that are quite relevant to the "news of life" in general. For me, poetry is and shall always be a metaphorical mirror by which poets are able to express notions and ideas that are reflective of human society, and much more too!! Cheers and Best, Gary
Date: 6/20/2020 10:49:00 PM
Great Write, Gary! I love how you explored the subject of why poetry is written and read. Some might think it's a dying art, but it has stood the test of time...I hope you and your family are doing well. Blessings to you, Rhonda xx
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Gary Bateman
Date: 6/21/2020 10:06:00 AM
Hello Rhonda, I am very appreciative of your thoughts here about "Ars Poetica." I certainly agree with you that poetry is not a dying art. It's very much alive and continues to be most relevant as a active part of the greater spectrum of literature in general. Poetry, in fact, has influenced the work I've done on short stories, flash-fiction writes, and a draft novella I completed some time ago for future publication. Best Wishes to you and your family!! Cheers and Best, Gary
Date: 6/20/2020 1:31:00 PM
A poem may express that which we find hard to speak. That which a perceptive soul feels, a tender heart feels and a mind ponders in its ever seeking quest for more Light, Love, forgiveness, joy, peace, empathy , kindness, sharing , touch, giving and need for emotional relief, etc. Great poem my friend. A solid fav. God bless.
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Gary Bateman
Date: 6/21/2020 9:58:00 AM
Hello Robert, Thanks for your note and read of my version of Ars Poetica. I always appreciate your thoughts and comments. I hope to have my second book of poetry released to the public no later than this autumn, if not sooner. I'll let you know when my new book is published. I hope all is going well by you and your family. Best Wishes, Gary
Date: 6/20/2020 9:01:00 AM
You covered all bases Gary, well composed Hope you're well. Tom
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Date: 6/21/2020 9:54:00 AM
Hello Tom, Thanks for your read of my version of Ars Poetica. I am glad you enjoyed it. There is definitely some interesting history with how Ars Poetica has evolved over time since the time of Horace. There is always much we can learn from the past regarding the role that poetry has played in literature overall. Cheers and Best, Gary