But since this isn't a philosophy class, let's just focus on ambivalence in poetry. Ambivalence increases the tension in a poem, making the poem more interesting to the reader. Tension in the self can be difficult to deal with (making us feel anxious or - haha - tense) but tension in any kind of writing is highly desirable. It's what compels the reader forward, keeping them reading.
And poetry (especially longer poems) can be essentially all gray area. Not black and white. Not cut and dried. Poetry holds room for many conflicting truths to be true all at the same time. This is the lure of the turn we started looking at with the sonnet last week. You start at one place and you end in a different place all together.
As Walt Whitman wrote:
Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.)
Today, start with tabula rasa (a clean slate) and write what needs to be written, that which is conflicting you. Write out of your ambivalence. Write into a new way of seeing the paradoxes that you carry around.
Start one place and surprise yourself.
(This is another day of catching up, because you can combine this prompt with any of the other prompts, if you'd like. And, as usual, you can totally ignore this prompt, if you aren't feeling it.)