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    Posted: 07 Feb 2012 at 10:42
Once one has learned to experience a poem as a poem, there inevitably arrives a sense that one is also experiencing oneself as a human being.  I find this especially true of autobiographical prose-poetry which is the main genre of poetry that I write.  This experiencing of oneself as a human being, of course, can be experienced by we humans in a myriad of ways. The English poet and cultural critic Matthew Arnold(1822-1888) was attempting to describe this effect of poetry on the writer, and hopefully readers, when he referred to "that grand power of poetry...to awaken in us a wonderfully full, new and intimate sense of things and our relations with them."1  I would not have understood these words of Arnold’s in the years before I became a poet but, I now have this feeling, after at least two decades of extensive poetizing(1992-2012).  This feeling is renewed after writing each poem.  

As I write this revision of the poem Valkyrie, after watching the film Valkyrie for a second time this week, this same feeling was renewed. Valkyrie a 2008 American historical thriller set in Nazi Germany during World War II.  It depicts the 20 July plot in 1944 by German army officers to assassinate Adolf Hitler and to use the Operation Valkyrie national emergency plan to take control of the country2. –Ron Price with thanks to 1J. Ciardi, How Does A Poem Mean, 2nd edition, Houghton Mifflin and Co., Boston, 1959, p. 3; 2Wikipedia, and *In Norse mythology a Valkyrie is a term from Old Norse, valkyrja, meaning "chooser of the slain."  It is one of a host of female figures who decides who falls and dies in battle.

It was turning at last

against them and those

conspirators very nearly

assassinated him,  just 3

days before I was born.1

 

It was turning at last

to another terrible kind

of darkness: worse, far

worse, than that old war.

It was then that I was born:

at the beginning of this new

darkness, fifty years after

the birth of an old Light,2

a Light which seems to

spread more slowly, so

slowly, unobtrusively, so

as not be seen as a threat,

at least not in these times.

 

As a great darkness and its

encompassing gloom spreads

again, slough of despond, as

those troubled forecasts of

doom do battle with phantoms

of the many wrongly informed

imaginations and our days pass

swiftly as the twinkle of a star

at this crucial turning point of a

juncture in history. And as I try

to make my mark: unbeknownst.3

 

Of course, it all depends on what

you look at now and in that century

of Light when seeds were and are

being scattered for many harvests

ahead as well as their sweet and

bountiful luxuriance & verdure.

1 An assassination attempt on Hitler's life was made on 20 July 1944, three days before I was born. Operation Valkyrie was a German Army plan that was converted into an attempted coup d'état. This coup d’etat failed after the 20 July 1944 plot.  The 2008 film Valkyrie was based on events surrounding the operation.  By 23/7/’44 the Nazis had begun to round-up and kill all the conspirators.

2 fifty years after the birth of the Baha'i Faith in North America in 1894.

3 Universal House of Justice, April 1999.

Ron Price

31 August 1998 to 30 January 2012

 

married for 47 years, a teacher for 32, a student for 18, a writer and editor for 15 and a Baha'i for 55(in 2014)
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thanks, fusong; your appreciation is----appreciated.-Ron
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Nice! I am sure this copyrighted, right?
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Thanks, Panther, for your concern. Some authors, and I am one such author, retain the copyright to their work but license it for free distribution under a Creative Commons licenses. This has the benefit of providing a structured scheme under which authors like myself can loosen some of the barriers that copyright imposes on others. This allows others to partially contribute the work to the community in the form, for example,  of giving a general grant on copying, reproduction, use or adaptation subject to certain conditions, while retaining other exclusive rights they hold in it.

Copyright is also conceived by people like me in relation to my own work to be an artificial barrier.  I do not go so far as to believe that the state does not necessarily possess the moral authority to enact copyright laws. Individuals vary in their observation of such laws. Some people point out the social dangers inherent in the view that each individual is entitled to judge the "moral authority" of laws and to observe them or not according to individual judgments.

It's a complex question, Panther. Copyright concepts are under challenge in the modern era, primarily from the increasing use of peer to peer filesharing and internet posting like my post here at this history site. Major copyright holders, such as the major record labels and the movie industry, blame the ease of copying for their decreasing profits. Other alternatives, such as poor product content and excessive license charges have been suggested as alternative explanations. I am not concern with profit so this aspect of copyright does not concern me.

Anyway, Panther, thanks again for your concern but---I am not concerned.-Ron
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I wasn't too sure whether your work was protected or not, but i felt certain it had to be.  My main concern and reason for comment was only in thinking someone else benefiting from the fruits of your own labor by theft of your work. Profit for yourself hadn't entered my mind. Just concern for what it is yours.
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One additional note I would like to add to the above.  A number of additional licenses have been introduced, which are more specialized: They are known as Sampling licenses, with two options:
    • Sampling Plus: parts of the work can be copied and modified for any purpose other than advertising, and the entire work can be copied for noncommercial purposes.
    • Noncommercial Sampling Plus: the whole work or parts of the work can be copied and modified for noncommercial purposes.


    • This should clear-up any copyright concerns here.-Ron in Tasmania
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Thanks again, Panther. Copyright has become quite a complex subject, if it was not already complex before the internet and digital work.  Under the Sampling system to which I refer above, I indicate to others that they are free to use my work in anyway they like. In this sense then, Panther, someone else may indeed benefit from the fruits of my labor. But it is not of concern to me and, after posting literally millions of words in cyberspace it does not appear to be a problem. Maybe if I become famous and/or rich it might be---but I'll take my chances. My website is at: http://www.ronpriceepoch.com/   with its 50 books at 80,000 words per book.-Ron Price, Tasmania

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