Thursday, January 18, 2007

Words to the Wise: Czeslaw Milosz



A year or so ago, I was instructing my students to write an ars poetica and went to my poet-friends for some brainstorming on how to write about the art of poetry. Reggie H. sent me the poem "Ars Poetica?" by Czeslaw Milosz. Here's an excerpt I want to think more about:

"In the very essence of poetry there is something indecent:
a thing is brought forth which we didn't know we had in us,
so we blink our eyes, as if a tiger had sprung out
and stood in the light, lashing his tail."

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