Thursday, March 24, 2011

What Poetry Does

“Poetry makes the half man whole by saying the things which he feels but cannot say.”

~Clyde Kilby, Poetry and Life (New York, Odyssey Press, 1953), p. 3 via here

"The aim of good prose words is to mean what they say. The aim of good poetical words is to mean what they do not say."

~GK Chesterton


Leif said...

"Poetry is the supreme fiction, madame.
Take the moral law and make a nave of it
And from the nave build haunted heaven. Thus,
The conscience is converted into palms,
Like windy citherns hankering for hymns."
~Wallace Stevens

"Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance."
~Carl Sandburg

"The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese."
~GK Chesterton

Kara Gehret said...


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