Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Love, Agent 99, and the birth of poetry

"Babies as young as 5 months can distinguish an upbeat tune, such as "Ode to Joy" from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, from a lineup of gloomy tunes..."

"No one should welcome a language in which all claims are hedged. But it is true that language skepticism has constrained poetic practice. The utopian formal aspirations of the modernists - their efforts to construct art that hewed especially closely to the structures of perception - have given way to a satiric approach to syntactic and generic conventions. And this now seems deeply right to diverse readers of poetry." -- Robert Von Hallberg, Lyric Powers

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