Emotional Content In Daniel Bailey's Drunk Poetry

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Daniel Bailey is most notably known for his first published collection of poems, “The Drunk Sonnets”, which was composed of 53 sonnets that Bailey wrote while completely intoxicated. In truth, it can’t be proven that he was actually plastered, but he was at least using his best “drunkface”. The Drunk Sonnets were a part of a small genre of poetry affectionately called Drunk Poetry, and all of the authors in this particular genre happened to be restricted to Daniel Bailey’s immediate friend circle. This concept of Drunk Poetry has often been considered in the same category as the hipster ironists’ Flarf poetry. Admittedly, The Dunk Sonnets do share some similarities with these parodies of poetry, including the fact that all of the sonnets …show more content…
This assumption is wildly inaccurate, yet many experimental poets have fallen under this allusion as well and seem to be content in treating emotional content as counterrevolutionary (wordpress.com). In reality, experimental poetry is the most accurate way to find real emotion and meaning with literature. Experimental poetry, especially drunk poetry, could also be considered not only as a legitimate medium for emotional content, but also one of the safest and conservative ways to convey those emotions. The fact that the speaker is drunk gives him the ability to be sincere with minimal risk. It is not an accident that Bailey chose drunkenness to be his artistic identifier, because it gives him the freedom to be completely sincere with his words, yet the reader understands that he can’t be taken entirely serious. Given the historic relationship that has developed between alcohol and art, it should not be surprising that Drunk Poetry would be emotionally overwhelming. Although it would be essentially impossible to identify one specific stanza of poetry as the most emotional to be written thus far, Bailey’s concluding stanza in Sonnet 45 would easily make the list. “I COULD PRACTICALLY RIP MYSELF APART / AND WHAT WOULD I EVEN FIND BUT YOUR LOVE / THAT I’VE SAVED UP LIKE CRUMBS” (45, line 13-15). This dark imagery is easily the most passionately gripping poetry that I know of, and it compels a reader to feel the same desperate emotions that the writer is experiencing. The emotional content of a poem can most easily be measured by the emotions that rise within the reader, and this particular stanza demands a reader to experience one of the most intense emotions that people go through: heartbreak. Emotions have never been more intense than they are as Daniel Bailey proclaims that all he has left within him, all that he is as a person, is composed entirely

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