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December 15, 2009

".. to be just so clear .. "


A poet dares to be just so clear and no clearer; he approaches lucid ground warily, like a mariner who is determined not to scrape his bottom on anything solid. A poet's pleasure is to withhold a little of his meaning, to intensify by mystification. He unzips the veil from beauty, but does not remove it. A poet utterly clear is a trifle glaring.

-E.B. White


1 comment:

Nancy said...

A beautiful quote that is poetic in itself .... "like a mariner who is determined not to scrape his bottom on anything solid" and "He unzips the veil from beauty, but does not remove it." Breathtaking! No wonder you are so enthralled with poetry! And taking this to heart are so accomplished at using the talent God gave you.

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