Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Since we do float...

... since we do float on an unknown sea I think we should examine the other floating things that come our way very carefully; who knows what might depend on it?

-- Bishop, in a letter to Lowell

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Poetry can take root in dogma, but must not float on it.

The difference between a major poet and a minor poet lies with their different capabilities to plunge below the surface of the words, those that are imposed by the pressure of contemporary culture.

-- Geoffrey Hill

1 comment:

Ms Baroque said...

I want that book of letters really badly.

And I go with Hill. Having said which, who really knows? In one sense that's just another rule...