things that are true expressed in words that are beautiful.
the best words in the best order.
-Samuel Taylor Coleridge
the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings.
emotion put into measure.
a way of remembering what it would impoverish us to forget.
a revelation in words by means of the words.
Poetry is prose bewitched.
the clear expression of mixed feelings.
an angel with a gun in its hand…
-José Garcia Villa
the language in which man explores his own amazement.
hundreds of things coming together at the right moment.
Poetry is sound art.
Reduced to the simplest and most essential form, the poem is a song. Song is neither discourse nor explanation.
Poetry is always the cat concert under the window of the room in which the official version of reality is being written.
A poem should not mean
-Archibald MacLeish, “Ars Poetica”
So maybe now you know what we’re studying in my Literary Interpretation class. Exciting. And pretty scary.