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Who are you!
Who are you to call me dead.

I am the author.
I am the poet.
These words you read are mine
and mine alone.

On this work
is all rights reserved.
Who are you
Who are you to say the author is dead.

With each word i breathe.
The rhythm is my pulse.
The poem is my soul's cry from within me
Contained in this written form.
My poetry is evidence of my life.
I am not dead but alive forevermore.

Who are you to call me dead?
Who are you to disregard my intentions
my opinions, my life
in favor of your own ideas.
To disregard me is to disregard my poetry.
Each poem is a piece of me,
whether i distance myself or not.


I am still the poet.

it was my,
my intentions, my opinions
and my mind and my soul
that gave birth to what you read.

Why argue amongst yourselves about interpretations.
You have a right to yours
but that does not make it more important than mines
or my opinion.

You critic!
You book reviewer!
What makes you think you are so smart.
What makes you think you know anything.

Your interpretation may only scratch the surface
and fail to unearth the true treasures that lie within.
I the poet am the key.
I am the key to these treasures.
The treasure of true understanding.
Understanding of what my work really is about.
Do not dismiss me
nor act as if I'm dead!

Yes, my poetry may have intended or unintended
effects on you.
this much is true.
But it is still my poetry.
it belongs to me
whether intentionally or accidentally
it is my words that cause you to react so.

i am the poet!
This is my work!
Who are you
Who are you to profess that you know more,
know more about MY work than I myself?
You arrogant fool!
Keep your opinion!
Say what you wish!

But dare not act as if I'm dead.
dare not think that MY intentions in MY poetry
is of no value at all.
I am alive
and you are my witness.

My poetry is my soul's voice
and without me there is none of my poetry.
So the next time you read it.
Know you are reading a piece of me.
And you are a living witness to my life and legacy.

I am not dead,
but alive.
My poetry is proof of this...
wrote this poem after i came home from a literature class where the teacher in some remark in a discussion said something along the line of "the author's intention and opinion being the least of importance and as critics we have to act as if he's dead and seek his opinion last..."

well....i hated that. why should i write if my reader just dismisses me and acts if i'm dead? my poetry is proof of me.

i know that with literature it is open for many interpretations regardless if the author/poet intended for that interpretation or not. i myself have critiqued my own work and came up with interpretations i did not intend for while i was writing it.


I dont want to be called "DEAD" !!!!

come on!!! Seriously!!! whether directly or indirectly my poetry reflects something about me. why then as readers are we supposed to view the person who's work we are reading as dead and of no value to our interpretation of his/her piece???


just something to ponder on.

what do you think of my poem and this issue in general :)

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RoamingShadow Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It feels a little strange for me to be critiquing a work that's technically a "Take that!" to critics :XD:

It's easy for writers to identify themselves with your piece; everyone has had their share on insensitive opinions about works we've poured our souls into. I have the same view as you on the issue, but I honestly, your poem comes out a little proud and rant-like. I only understood your intention when I read the description. Before then, I thought this was just an angry reaction to a negative comment on another one of your works. The overall tone was was of proud denial, and it makes readers a bit frustrated near the end. Reading this, The poem's persona seems like someone who is unwilling to hear other people's opinions rather than one who is trying to express their need to be seen as "alive". Don't get me wrong, I don't hate your poem. I actually love your concept. However, I think that you should try reorganizing your original ideas for this piece.

Also, I think that this poem is better categorized as general or emotional. A narrative tells a story, and this is more of a speech than anything.
Wootzie14 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
haha no prob! Stitch clap plz 
bryosgirl Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I found the poem really turned me off. It reads very much like a reactive piece, rather than a heart-felt consideration, and had I not already seen how much better you have to offer, I wouldn't have been compelled to read anything else. The poem sounds more like an obnoxious cry for attention than anything, and I'm very sure that was not what you intended it to be.

Regarding category, a narrative poem is composed much like a story, using the beginning-middle-end structure along with story elements such as plot. Because this piece is very much a reactive one without a plot, it would be much better suited to Emotional (possibly General).

For technique, I'm a bit on the fence. While it *is* free verse, there were points where the writing didn't lend well to the overall structure of the poem. The repetition, as an example, felt more like it was meant to embellish the drama, which in turn made the poem all the less enjoyable. It also utilizes little in the way of metaphors, similes or personification, and those that are used are rather cliched and don't make a memorable impression. Overall it created an aesthetic that reminds me more of a journal rant than a poem.

On the subject matter, I do think a better understanding and consideration of the matter at hand would have made the poem more informed. According to the author's note, this is a reactive piece to an instructor explaining how to go about critiquing. "Pretend the author is dead," isn't about dismissing the author. As simply a reader, the authorial's intent has little impact on the experience unless the reader wants to, but as a critic you have to be able to cut the apron strings. Taking the author's intent into consideration with critique creates a conditioned mentality that deters the quality and objectivity of feedback, and the reactions and thoughts of those critiquing become controlled and reflect less of what a general audience will perceive. In the end, while I can appreciate the frustration of readers missing authorial intent, I can't really get behind the poem's message.  (I hope that clears up what the teacher was getting at.)
Sandpiper28 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Student General Artist
This is really good!! I did something like this when my teacher was like, "Poetry has a bound definition" and i was like, wait what!!!?? then i was about to sat, "poetry cannot be defined by mere words you puny mortal" but i stopped myself before i got in trouble. :)
DEANJENO--art Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Student General Artist
LOL!!!! i like that :happybounce::happybounce::happybounce:

:D thanks for the comment!!!, really made me smaile :D
Sandpiper28 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Student General Artist
thanks!!  lol, i just had that class today, and its funny you should bring that up.......  :)  :happybounce: 
Xalidos Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I can't love this enough. I truly can't. 
DEANJENO--art Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Student General Artist
:bounce: :happybounce: THANKS ALOT !!!!!!!!!!! :headbang:
XdarkXnXdeadlyX Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
very good! :clap:
DEANJENO--art Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you !!!!! :happybounce:
XdarkXnXdeadlyX Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
you are very welcome :)
PassionFlowerGirl Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is awesome, totally agree with the point you're making 
DEANJENO--art Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks !!!!!!!!! :D
Wootzie14 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

I think it's great! and good point I'd be pissed as well. Liked how you balanced out the wording and kept it going at a good pace Buttermarshmallow lol 


DEANJENO--art Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Student General Artist
THANKS !!!! really appreciate it :)
glad to know i'm not the only who would get upset a bit about it.

thanks alot for the comment :happybounce:
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