Do you want to write poems like Sylvia Plath? Become a famous poet? Or just
learn more about metaphor in poetry, how to let it flow smoothly, a creative
process that enhances your intelligence and feels superb? Here is a simple
exercise, modelled from Sylvia Plath, the famous poet, herself.
Flowing Metaphors -
The Sylvia Plath Pattern Of Creative Flow
By Silvia Hartmann
****Sylvia Plath teaches a valuable lesson about the
Even Flow - opening the channels for creativity, regardless of this is for
poetry or not.
Sylvia Plath was a poet and that was her job
and her life.
She would every day no matter what, as soon as breakfast
was over and no matter where she was in the world, sit down with her notebook
and just start to write - about absolutely anything at all.
explains, this was NOT in order to create a wondrous new poem, but ONLY in order
to keep the channels open, keep in the flow.
It wasn't about practising
either, but simply an exercise in FLOW - and she was very adamant about doing
this, put it before many other if not all other things because she considered it
so very important.
Because if a good idea came along or an insight at
any time of the day which was to come afterwards, the channels would be open and
a super poem would just simple glide out and through and become, there and then.
So she would write about anything whatsoever, no holds barred - a shadow
on the windowsill, a bit of lettuce, an old mushroom she'd found on a walk and
brought back to her room. About the table cloth, about her hands, about a little
pool of light on the carpet or about her feelings of having nothing whatsoever
new to say - and just let it go from there for her "morning exercise" - no
expectations of it other than knowing the ACT of doing it was what did the
I read her biography and this really stuck with me. I understood
it right away and I implemented it right away too. Switch on computer, call up
blank word document and just start writing.
Often, I would start with
the words, "What shall I write about today?" and sometimes it would go on like
this, "I really don't know, everything seems a bit far away and nebulous, jeez I
wish I was somewhere else, somewhere fresh and breezy, with a wide blue sky ..."
As you can imagine, from there you can and most importantly, you DO
automatically get into all sorts of places, all sorts of states and the flow
really does come, it just happens and Ms Plath was absolutely right, it really
does open the channels.
Now as to application of this.
What channels are the most important to you, bring
you the most rewards, carry the most important things like poetry was to Sylvia
Plath and story telling to Silvia Hartmann in their respective times?
Creative music? Painting?
Now that's an
interesting idea, isn't it.
You could have your breakfast and
immediately afterwards and as a part of a routine just like brushing teeth, find
something to love in your environment - a toy or nic-nac, a shadow, a curtain, a
house plant, a table top - like in the original usage of the pattern, it is NOT
about the object or the outcome but simply to open the channels for the FLOW.
It might be more urgent to you to *be MORE loved* instead and you might
want to practise receiving with the brushing of your teeth instead - receiving
energy from the same toy or nic-nac, from a shadow, curtain or a house plant,
anything in your environment at all, and letting it into your heart.
as the Sylvia Plath exercise was NOT about making a poem to be sold later, this
is not about making you be healed but only about opening the channels and
practicing the FLOW - because when it flows, it flows and you get all these
other benefits naturally and as a side effect, of course.
This is a
truly superb pattern to be applied to all and everything which may be important
to you at any particular time; what makes it so superb is the insistance on the
FLOW as opposed to the PRODUCT.
Bringing in the PRODUCT disturbs the
flow - of course! - and that is a fantastic reminder that there are certain
things that, if done for their own purpose and aim, are the true building blocks
and pre-requisites for the products which may follow - be they paintings, or
stories, or poems, or our abilities to give and receive this and that.
These products are a result of a well established Even Flow and that is
something people tend to forget in their hurry towards and focus on the "end
result" - when the products are in truth, nothing more than the wake left behind
a ship which indeed, contains all the valuables.
Pattern Of Flow (Metaphor & Poetry)
Silvia Hartmann 2003. All Rights Reserved.
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