LeAnne Martin
Christians in the Arts

Thursday, June 14, 2007

More from My Collection: On Poetry

Here are a few more quotations from The Christian Imagination, edited by Leland Ryken (Shaw Books, a division of WaterBrook Press).

What is poetry?

The rhythmic creation of beauty. Edgar Allan Poe

The art of doing by means of words what the painter does by means of colors. Thomas Macaulay

The expression of the imagination. Percy Bysshe Shelley

Speech framed to be heard for its own sake and interest even over and above its interest of meaning. Gerard Manley Hopkins

The art that offers depth in a moment. Molly Peacock

Perfection of form united with a significance of feeling. T. S. Eliot

A way of using words to say things which could not possibly be said in any other way, things which in a sense do not exist till they are born…in poetry. C. Day Lewis

Coming soon: a dancer, a poet, a musician, a composer, a culture expert, and more

1 comment:

Crystal Warren Miller said...

Ok, I find it fascinating that Edgar Allan Poe, whom I was introduced to in 6th grade, said this, especially when he wrote things like, "Quoth the Raven, Nevermore." But beauty is in the eye of the beholder, huh?

Love these posts on poetry, L. I have a love-hate fest with poetry, if the truth be known. Tortured soul and all that.


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