The following is an actual brief discussion with a friend via email.
By far the most amazing discussion of the week.
And yes. I’m kvetching about the haikus at the onset of this discussion.
Me: “I hate formulaic poetry. It’s so restrictive.”
Him: “You cannot have meaning without structure, grasshopper.”
Me: “I disagree.”
Him: “Then you need to read your Wittgenstein.”
Him: “So that you can get a full understanding of structure and it’s value.”
Me: “You’re a big believer in structure and rules, aren’t you?”
Him: “You can’t have language without them.”
Me: “Really? The best writers consistently disregard the rules.”
Him: “If you disregard the rules too much you are only writing for yourself…”
Me: “Perhaps at first, yes. But rules are meant to be disregarded, yes? If we always followed rules and logic, nothing would ever change.”
Him: “If you didn’t have rules to the game there would be no game.”