Why poetry?

In poking around, I found this beautiful quote from T. S. Eliot, which resonates with what I’m teaching lately, and a lot of poems I’ve been reading, including Billy Collins’s Introduction to Poetry Mark Halliday’s “Why Write?” John Ashbery’s What Is Poetry Peter Cooley’s The History of Poetry and others.

[Poetry] may make us from time to time a little more aware of the deeper, unnamed feelings which form the substratum of our being, to which we rarely penetrate; for our lives are mostly a constant evasion of ourselves.

It’s great, though I don’t find it on the Nobel page for his acceptance speech, which is supposed to be where he said it. I don’t know what gives.

PatrickQuotes07/16/04 1 comments


Dad • 07/16/04 5:20 PM:

I like intro to poetry, and see myself as one of “them” beating poetry with a hose. But I didn’t start out that way. I was a kid, creative and fun-loving, with no preconceptions. Then I was beaten with those hoses; and the cycle of abuse continued.

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