Every poet, I suppose, should fall madly in love at least once in her life, so that she may come to know the shadow side of the feminine human experience, plumb the depth of her own vulnerability and emerge the wiser.
In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite. [full quote][add comments][Rate][Share]
Nobody reads poetry, we are told at every inopportune moment. I read poetry. I am somebody. I am the people, too [...] If I wanted to understand a culture, my own for instance, and if I thought such an understanding were the basis for a lifelong inquiry, I would turn to poetry first. For it is my confirmed bias that the poets remain the most 'stunned by existence,' the most determined to redeem the world in words. [full quote][add comments][Rate][Share]
The Hon. Derek Alton Walcott, OCC (born January 23, 1930) is a Saint Lucian (West Indies) poet, playwright, writer and visual artist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992. His works include the Homeric epic Omeros.
Mathematics is a form of poetry which transcends poetry in that it proclaims a truth; a form of reasoning which transcends reasoning in that it wants to bring about the truth it proclaims; a form of action, of ritual behavior, which does not find fulfillment in the act but must proclaim and elaborate a poetic form of truth. [full quote][add comments][Rate][Share]