Are Illusions Real?

 “But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat. “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”

~Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

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is what is real really real

and what is thought just a thought?

how can imagination

be an escape from reality

if reality is something

we perceive in our own minds?

if imagination is a part of the mind

then is it not as real as the mind?

if what we sense is what is real

then what is real cannot be real

since it is different for you

than it is for me

or perhaps a reality exists

and none of us can sense it

oh we’re all mad here

but some are madder than others

lest I become sane

as the Berkshire boar turned human

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3 Comments

  1. Very good. This is poetry that does philosophical and aesthetic functions at the same time. Metaphysically sounds and includes some strong connections to philosophy of mind and epistemology. I’m impressed. Dante, Aquinas, Baccaccio and others would have recognized their argument that art is a form of language in this, a form language capable of speaking about anything. This is certainly not a new idea, it echoes back to Aristotle, Cicero and Quintilian.
    In short, the power of this poems lies in the completeness of both its beauty and message, its ability to do this with emotional power and lucid argumentation.

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    1. Thank you. I wasn’t sure if this piece was too informal (at least, to the degree of seeming like pointless babble), so it’s nice to get an outside perspective. I’m going to look into some of the names you referred to; it should be quite an interesting read.

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