13 years ago
Anonymous

Thesaurus is a poet's worst enemy, do you agree?

I remember when I used to look up words that sounded deeper or more educated, but now I've learned that such an endeavor, while it may broaden your knowledge of language, does nothing to make the poem better. I believe if a simple word cannot convey the meaning you desire, it is not the fault of the word, but your message, in that it may not have been developed enough.
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13 years ago
Anonymous
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I do not agree entirely with what you ask. A thesaurus can be a great boon to the poet if used wisely. The poet must ask themselves "Is this word that I have chosen best suited to describing what I want to say?' It is not a case of using this aid so that one might use more difficult words, but to use a much more suitable word or set of words. Take the word "endeavor" in your remarks, the thesaurus suggests also "effort". Now your remark might say "but now I've learned that to make such an effort...", but you chose to use the word endeavor which is a much more suitable word. A thesaurus is there for the sole purpose of improvement and not to baffle.
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13 years ago
BT Jeppesen
I agree with your account of the perils of thesauri. They can get us in big trouble. However, my answer to your question contains a certain element of "no." There have been times when for some reason a simple word escaped me. I knew a word similar to it, but this word did not do the trick. Words grouped together in a thesaurus do not always mean the exact same thing, so it's in cases where I have one of these "not quite right" words that I turn to a thesaurus, using that word as my research point. Often, despite the known word's inability to do the job, the word I am actually looking for is within the word's entry, or within a single generation of that word. I think, in these cases, thesaurus use is not so bad.
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5 years ago
voris
i'm answering the question in the previous I examine different comments. i imagine there is definitely a position in use of a glossary in poetry. from time to time a word wont come to you or the alternative you've made feels incorrect. A glossary helps you in searching a better ideal word. this would properly be better ideal in which ability and rhythm/feeling. A glossary is a device, like a dictionary or a rhyming dictionary, that facilitates produce better effective literature (and poetry) and for this reason better effective positioned across meaning. large poets usually use words and language i do not continually comprehend yet i'll nevertheless rejoice with their poems. a number of Robert Burns' poems can be a superb celebration. i imagine "glossary" is getting used as a criticism (no longer critique) because of the density of unfamiliar or unusual words in a poem. i for my area do not recommendations this, it facilitates me stretch my understanding and promises me time to imagine about different factors of the poem. some human beings may evaluate this with attempting to drink from a hearth hydrant. I paintings in an surroundings the position this kind of feeling is a each and daily incidence and that i usually want to imagine over what i'm advised. it really is a project to me, yet an relaxing one. I probably do not continually get all the meaning yet i'll rejoice with a poem for what i'll get out of it regardless wanting to seem up some words. in basic terms my 2 cents worth. Now i'll seem at the different comments.
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13 years ago
Adios
Yes, I agree for the most part. Some words are better than others - the simpler, the better so that the reader him/herself does not have to look up the word in order to understand the message you are trying to send.
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13 years ago
Anonymous
No, it also depends largely on your audience.
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