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In What Ways Might Elizabeth Jennings Poetry Be About Voicing What Cannot Normally Be Expressed The divide between the external and the internal is one that poets have always sought to breach The enigma of mind and emotion has been one that seemed almost impossible to convey truthfully in line and verse a thought is too fleeting to capture an emotion too deep to describe Despite this writers have continued in their quest to give voice to the silent interior existence of humanity though few have excelled at expressing thought through words and amongst these few Elizabeth Jennings finds her place Throughout her work Jennings explores the human condition in all its guises giving subjects such as love family art and religion her own individual treatment Each poem is an interior monologue a thought isolated and explored in a frozen moment of time each viewed with almost clinical detachment yet described with words of such simplicity and clarity that the experience is brought to life again with the reader intimately involved This exploration of self through memory reflection and calm acceptance adds power and realism to her expressed emotions She simply describes what she sees layering her perceptions with her external sensations and internal desires creating a subtextual complexity to her otherwise uncomplicated words Yet what truly makes Jennings stand out amongst her contemporaries is not how she explores self and sensation but the parts of self that she chooses to study the most terrifying aspects of mind and emotion such as death loneliness and depression Pain and suffering are all an integral part of the human psyche and are often described as the human condition yet for many writers these subjects are almost taboo as they are considered nigh on impossible to portray with true accuracy With sublime understatement Jennings creates these isolated environs to great effect in her poetry dealing with illnesses both mental and physical such as
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