Against Romantic Idealism!

Poetry gets away with a crime so innocently; it instils in the youth a spirit of romantic idealism, which has little in common with reality. What do these poets know what love is? The only kind of love they have experienced (if they have experienced love at all!) is unrequited love. But instead of recognizing their failure, they idolize it... they construct a whole myth of 'ideal love' around it, burying real love beneath layers and layers of poetic metaphor. They mutate it into something sterile and unrecognizable. Oscar Wilde was perhaps right when he wrote about love: 'The poets have killed it.' A person who has only learned to venerate the pain and bitterness of love, calling it 'sacred', begins to see the happiness in love as a sin. When a person stubbornly asks for 'eternal' love, he refuses the joy of the finite love which life does offer. These poets make you run after a dream, only that you may wake up and find yourself in a nightmare. It makes me very sad to see that adherence to a flawed and obsolete theory of poetic love is bringing so much misery and pain in the lives of so many intelligent and creative young people.

Comments

gaya said…
Just read this post....
and well u have emphasized on the words 'sacred' and 'eternal'.

I disagree with the copncept that only those people who hvnt exprerienced love have these concepts.

Being sacred doesnt mean that they only beleive in pain and bitterness love has to offer but it may stand for 'sincerity' and I myself do not beleive in eternal love but if somehow consider a situation in which u fall in love with someone and then break up would that erase 'all' the feelings u had for that person...I dont think so,'eternity' can be used in that sense.The feelings can be reduced in intensity but cannot be abolished.
Awais said…
Nice interpretations. I agree. :)
SP said…
Both feelings of Pain and Joy are the integral dimensions of LOVE.. My perspective is that poetry can't be blamed .. it is a mere expression of those feelings....