Susan Stewart

In beginning to make a poem, we claim some measure of freedom from the context of the situation—that is, the situation itself is undetermined, ineffable, a feeling or ambience tied to the absence of intention or purpose. To make the work is to free such making from the very context that proposes it. [A] work of art does not communicate something already understood. The work is a determined outcome built from the inchoate, merely suggestive, beginning. Just as beauty appears to us as somehow artful, works of art come to be by fulfilling or manifesting their own initiating nature.

—The Poet’s Freedom