Be Someone who feels

A poet is somebody who feels, and who expresses his feelings through words.

This may sound easy. It isn’t.

A lot of people think or believe or know they feel — but that’s thinking or believing or knowing; not feeling. And poetry is feeling — not knowing or believing or thinking.

Almost anybody can learn to think or believe or know, but not a single human being can be taught to feel. Why? Because whenever you think or you believe or you know, you’re a lot of other people: but the moment you feel, you’re nobody-but-yourself.

To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.

E.E. Cummings, E. E. Cummings: A Miscellany Revised

3 thoughts on “Be Someone who feels

  1. Thankyou Anastasia. Feeling seems to be so important. This post reminds me of the philosopher Eugene Gendlin’s psychotherapeutic technique Focusing, which seeks a felt sense as a doorway to unravel difficult issues. I recently read that Jung considered complexes to have feelings at their centre. Then there is this intuitional thing, which maybe comes out of some sense of feeling.


    1. Intuition is what Plato calls phronesis. It is a thinking from the heart. It is not a hunch as much as a knowing. It is more powerful than “human knowledge” and more certain in its expression. It is an experience of deep connection and intimacy that goes beyond anything mental knowledge can bring.

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