Friday, October 13, 2006

Poetry should be...

"Poetry should be great and unobtrusive, a thing which enters into one's soul, and does not startle it or amaze it with itself, but with its subject."

~ John Keats, English Poet (1795-1821)


Blogger Jim Thompson said...

So true. I might add that poetry should express only truth; eternal truth, or the truth of one's heart.

I think Keats would faint if he read what passes for poetry today. Much of it is random, flow-of-consciousness drivel. But consciousness may not do it justice, for it implies a certain cognitive involvement, rather than simply an affective verbal flow.

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