Do you consider writers/poets to be artists? None the less, literature as art?
As a writer, of course I consider myself an artist and of course I consider literature as art. It's mental art, art created in the mind.
I find that the way words form together to make the most amazing sentences, and eventually written pieces of work, is amazing. But writing has been on the downlow, and music and other visual/audible forms of art have been rising higher. People consider Lady Gaga and Picasso as artists, but what about Langston Hughes and Walt Whitman? Edgar Allen Poe and Mark Twain were considered some of the best writers of all time, but never once have I heard them be considered as artists. So here I ask, what do you think? And please explain your reasoning.