Today, I thought I’d share some of my own poetry.
This poem was inspired by Ludwig van Beethoven, the famed composer of Symphony No.5, No.9, and Fur Elise. Not only was he completely deaf by his old age, Beethoven was a dramatic fellow with a chaotic mind.
During his mid-life crisis Beethoven had a mental breakdown, so his doctors advised him to take a holiday. He went to a small town in the Austrian countryside called Heiligenstadt where he wrote a manifesto to his brothers entitled “The Heilingenstadt Testament.”
In it he wrote of his desire to overcome his deafness and mental instability and fulfill his destiny as a composer. And indeed he did, for he eventually recovered and went back to composing.
Please click here to read the poem. Afterwards–if you can spare a moment!–please note down what it makes you think of in the comments below.
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