Bee, curious about which of 2 meanings you meant. plenty of the "harsh critique" was unfair, or plenty of the bitching?
Dealing with criticism of our creative work is a maturity test. But as I have mentioned before, in the immediate afterglow of actually completing a damn poem, we probably overate its value. Then we are tested by adverse comment about it. As time passes we realise the piece was never quite as good as we had originally thought.
Dear Critic2- What I meant as unfair was-plenty of bitching, what I noticed even now, after reading your post. So many times it is even hard to follow, what the bitching is about, just for the sakes of it?
Dealing with criticism of our creative work is a maturity test.
Right, most of the times. But then again, perhaps it is just from a point of view of a critic, who is mature and competent, expecting the same level from the ones whose work he's reviewing. Many times the works to be reviewed don't even qualify to be analyzed. If some sarcasm then has been offered, then often it has been taken for a criticism of the particular poem/work, which of course was not the case.
But as I have mentioned before, in the immediate afterglow of actually completing a damn poem, we probably overate its value. Then we are tested by adverse comment about it. As time passes we realize the piece was never quite as good as we had originally thought.[/quote
Sure, this happens in all arts, at all times. Some artists, as soon as the painting is dry, would varnish it, thus to make it presentable, but after a week or month, they would come to realization, now they have to use the retouch varnish to get the whole mess off, because the work is far from being presentable. Perhaps, it would take a year more to work on it till the time it could go out in public.
The-immediate afterglow-is a very precise term, because everyone has gone through that.
has happened to me, the completion of painting comes, I've been sitting and observing it, my heart is singing Alleluia, I would see myself sitting on the throne of triumph, I would come back into to studio in the middle of the night, not believing what a beauty I've created, but as the morning comes, the day sets in - how horrible is the truth of discovering, that all the glory just has been an immediate afterglow.
I guess, it is a matter of experience, to recognize the "afterglow" syndrome.