Let’s look at other quotes about poetry:
“Sometimes there’s no one to listen to what you really might like to say at a certain moment. The paper always listens.” ~ Naomi Shihab Nye
What a true quote about poetry! The paper does ‘listen.’
American poet Robert Frost had the right idea when he said, “I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.”
I love this Frost quote. Writing IS discovery. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Writing is like ice skating; it takes you where you will not go.”
(Guess he wasn’t much of an ice skater. 🙂 )
And remember, “The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.” ~Jean Cocteau
We writers lie in our interpretations, descriptions, facts. But underneath all of that, is the truth we need to tell.
You can tear a poem apart to see what makes it tick…. You’re back with the mystery of having been moved by words. The best craftsmanship always leaves holes and gaps… so that something that is not in the poem can creep, crawl, flash or thunder in. ~Dylan Thomas, Poetic Manifesto, 1961
Say no more!