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What poetry has to do with history and reality?
Read Aristotle's Poetical reason reveals the universality of existence in probability
Can writing become a duty? What is the difference between a poet and a critic?
Listen to Kierkegaard's confession, My work as an author (Margin: The critic and the poet; Somerset Maugham, Discovering the unreal)
What is the part other people play in my work, as I search for the truth and try to write?
According to Jaspers, Truth is in communication (Margin: Rilke, You, neighbor God)
What is beauty, what is art?
James Joyce's young artist attempts to answer using also the scholastic tradition, in A portrait of the artist as a young man (Margin: Wordsworth, Up! Up! my Friend, and quit your books)