I need further explanation about this quotation: "A poem is an embodiment of the poet's imaginative vision".Thanks a lot!

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timbrady eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There is an interesting theory that art is a product not only of the physical artist, but of a muse that helps the creation/provides the vision.  Many poets used to address the muse at the start of their work.  I understand this much better in terms of music.  Many composers can produce satisfactory music --- think of Solieri in "Amadeus."  Mozart's music was not only quantitatively better ... it was qualitatively better.  And consider the amazing fact that he was able to write some of this music at the age of 6 --- where did this come from?  Is it only a function of electrons and brain waves?  Is there something else that inspires geniuses?  How do we account for this?  Where did the vision of Wordsworth come from?  Whitman?  If it's just "work," why can't we all produce this quality work?

It's the "vision" ....

gbeatty eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This quotation expresses a highly romantic view of art, and a visionary view of the creative process. It assumes that production of art flows in a specific direction: from the artist (most probably an inspired artist) out into the world. It minimizes crucial details like the resistance of the physical world (think of the "Person from Porlock" who supposedly disturbed Coleridge when he was composing "Kubla Khan," causing him to lose part of the poem) and any revision process. It treats inspiration as the soul of the poem, and the actual words as "mere" embodiment. It is ultimately a Platonic ideal of poetry.