The relationship between poetry and authenticity changes depending on its content. It is important to observe the reaction of the reader when considering if poetry can give the illusion of experience. On one hand One view is that if a reader goes on to do something as a consequence of reading poetry, then it has made something happen. Alternatively, one can argue that poetry has made something happen when it has had an effect on the reader, regardless of whether that person goes on to do anything.
The relationship between poetry and authenticity changes depending on its content. A poem usually has a meaning that is condensed through form, structure and language. Poetic techniques, if used in a certain way, can paint vivid and similar pictures in readers' minds with great sensory detail, despite never having the experience. In these instances, poetry does indeed create the illusion of authentic experience. However, this can be challenged. In modern times, poetry that revels in ambiguity has become more common. Poems such as these raise issues for authenticity in poetry: what is happening in the poem? If there is no defined 'experience', then we surely cannot have a definite 'illusion', thus decreasing the authenticity of the poem.
A simple way of seeing if poetry gives an authentic experience is by the reaction of the reader. If a poet uses poetic techniques, then Poetry can evoke strong emotions and may affect change. In his 'The Defense of Poetry' (1595) Philip Sidney states that poetry bewitches the reader, "infecting us with many pestilent desires; with a siren's sweetness drawing the mind to the serpent's tail of sinful fancies" There is the suggestion of danger, that the excitement of thought towards to the realization of injustice and dissatisfaction can be a threat to the rule-makers of an existing society. In other words, a poem can display a scene beyond the readers mind; it can let the reader experience phenomenon unbeknownst to them and cause a transformation.
In 1939, W. H. Auden wrote his and dedicated his "In Memory of W. B. Yeats" to the dead poet, whose poetic campaign was to delve into social issues. Auden successfully exploits the inequalities of society, "the brokers are roaring like beasts on the floor of the Bourse" (l 25). This simile implies the Here the animalistic attitude of the brokers, who represent the upper class. We are able to experience their hostile aggression within the explosive 'b' sounds that are used throughout the line. From this description we are persuaded into viewing the stock exchange as a carnal scene. Furthermore, the imagery of animals and use of 'b' sounds all create a vivid and comic image in the readers mind. The image becomes even clearer as the following line juxtaposes with talk of the poor. The line also has an edge of irony as it reads that the poor are "fairly accustomed" (l. 26) to their predicament. A nonchalant, dismissive tone is shown as Auden temporarily familiarises hims...