The poet is disjointed, clunky even, in the manner of expression. The poet supersets thought into direct messages. Ideas are compacted to match this chosen channel. Loose notions are discarded, as language is pared down so as to be transmitted in a minimalist form. There is a fine line between the period of poetic form and code.
If poetry is the result of some kind of short circuit of language, then it becomes easier to explain. Now we move in the realm of direct communication. What is intended to be shared and what is redirected is the root of misunderstanding.
If I would write:~
I am long wounded since the rush of youth,
And my awkward lesson in love.
By fruitless devotion my unguarded heart
Was first scarred by the wakening of truth.
As the poet I have a notion of the narrative I am attempting to describe. In this case the circumstances of a first love, albeit unrequited. The are no details of the age or what was awkward, but it would seem at least from one perspective the feeling was full on, with little regard for the possibility of rejection. On looking back to this time, the subject seems to be accepting the hard fact of rejection,and bares the scars of this early romantic encounter.
The form deals witha real situation. The four lines describe an important lesson in life. The poem may well cover an episode which could take a chapter to convey in prose.
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