Excursions Of A Bibliophile

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Lost in Transmission

Posted by Vish Mangalapalli on November 16, 2011

Articulation has always been considered a great strength. It is a deemed reflection of a special talent and faculty of the mind. Yet many struggle to transform the occured thought in the mind in its entirety to equivalent words – written or spoken. “Stop beating around the bush” or “Why don’t you tell me the thing directly” or “Come to the point straight”  are some of the common refrains we hear as marks of dissatisfaction with incoherent articulation. Something gets lost in transmission between the mind that thinks and the hand that writes the word or the tongue that shapes the sound. Good poetry manages this loss better than any other form of writing and keeps this fidelity loss to a minimum. Maybe therein lies the inherent power and charm of poetry. Nowhere has this situation been better articulated (in my know) than in the verse of Oliver Wendell Holmes when he writes:

 Our whitest pearl we never find;
Our ripest fruit we never reach;
The flowering moments of the mind
Drop half their petals in our speech

Does this not make a good case for poetry reading on a regular basis? At least I believe it does


2 Responses to “Lost in Transmission”

  1. Vinod said

    I think poetry is more an expression of the mind than true communication. Most poems are open to interpretation. I dont think it will be a good idea to re-write our constitution as a poem. Nor do I think it will be correct to write contracts as poems. Nor should code be written lyrically 😉

    • Vish Mangalapalli said

      I thought one expresses oneself either for self assurance or to communicate with others. It is in this assumed and unstated context, I have written this piece around the snippet of poem I found.

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