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a poem should not
Posted by: bvpp (---.dsl.pltn13.pacbell.net)
Date: August 15, 2004 09:55PM

Hi there,

I am looking for a poem that I've forgotten the title. It says something like we should leave a poem alone , just feel it and not analizing it.

Any clue is appreciated.

Good day !

Re: Help find a poem please
Posted by: lg (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: August 15, 2004 11:22PM

It might be this one:

Introduction to Poetry

I ask them to take a poem
and hold it up to the light
like a color slide

or press an ear against its hive.

I say drop a mouse into a poem
and watch him probe his way out,

or walk inside the poem's room
and feel the walls for a light switch.

I want them to waterski
across the surface of a poem
waving at the author's name on the shore.

But all they want to do
is tie the poem to a chair with rope
and torture a confession out of it.

They begin beating it with a hose
to find out what it really means.

-- Billy Collins

Re: Help find a poem please
Posted by: bvpp (---.dsl.pltn13.pacbell.net)
Date: August 15, 2004 11:57PM

Very interesting , I've learned something new today . However it's not the one in question. I am sorry I wasn't clear enough, but I remember vaguely something like " a poem should not ... but be etc..." Thanks LG

Re: Help find a poem please
Posted by: lg (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: August 16, 2004 12:40AM

bvpp, try posting your request in the "lost poetry quotations" section of this website. Thanks.


Re: a poem should not
Posted by: marian2 (---.range81-152.btcentralplus.com)
Date: August 16, 2004 04:23AM

Poetry for Supper by R S Thomas might fit the bill:

Poetry for Supper

'Listen, now, verse should be as natural
As the small tuber that feeds on muck
And grows slowly from obtuse soil
To the white flower of immortal beauty.'

'Natural, hell! What was it Chaucer
Said once about the long toil
That goes like blood to the poem's making?
Leave it to nature and the verse sprawls,
Limp as bindweed, if it break at all
Life's iron crust. Man, you must sweat
And rhyme your guts taut, if you'd build
Your verse a ladder.'

'You speak as though
No sunlight ever surprised the mind
Groping on its cloudy path.'

'Sunlight's a thing that needs a window
Before it enters a dark room.
Windows don't happen.'

So two old poets,
Hunched at their beer in the low haze
Of an inn parlour, while the talk ran
Noisily by them, glib with prose.

-- R. S. Thomas

Re: a poem should not
Posted by: IanB (---.tnt11.mel1.da.uu.net)
Date: August 16, 2004 09:19AM

This one?

Ars Poetica
by Archibald MacLeish

A poem should be palpable and mute
As a globed fruit,
As old medallions to the thumb,

Silent as the sleeve-worn stone
Of casement ledges where the moss has grown—

A poem should be wordless
As the flight of birds.

A poem should be motionless in time
As the moon climbs,
Leaving, as the moon releases
Twig by twig the night-entangled trees,

Leaving, as the moon behind the winter leaves.
Memory by memory the mind—

A poem should be motionless in time
As the moon climbs.

A poem should be equal to:
Not true.
For all the history of grief
An empty doorway and a maple leaf.

For love
The leaning grasses and two lights above the sea—

A poem should not mean
But be.

Re: a poem should not
Posted by: bvpp (---.dsl.pltn13.pacbell.net)
Date: August 16, 2004 01:41PM

Bingo! this is the one. Thank you IanB & all for participating in the search. You guys are great !

Have a nice day !

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