‘You have a certain set of questions you are trying to solve and you have to imagine what the story could be..you have this experience of failing, day after day and it’s an intensely bad feeling because you know what success looks like and you can’t fool yourself when you are not there..once every two or three years something works.’
This is not a poet or an artist speaking but the theoretical physicist, Arkani-Hamed in a fascinating discussion recorded by the Observer magazine. His reflections on the concept of beauty touch on the Keatsian, ‘beauty is truth, truth beauty’ Beauty is a sense of inevitability. It is exploring something that already exists and is waiting to discovered. MkEwan reminded him of the famous remark by Jim Watson when Rosalind Franklin came to look at his and Cricks model of the DNA molecule. ‘To beautiful not to be true’
This reminded me of the intimation that some poets have experienced of a poem already existing in some form and being discovered by the writer. It accentuates the role of intuition and touches on the concept of a universal consciousness that could, perhaps, be accessed by all.