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Thursday, December 04, 2014

Mauled and distorted (Brooks)

"What does the poem communicate?" is badly asked. It is not that the poem communicates nothing. Precisely the contrary. The poem communicates so much and communicates it so richly and with such delicate qualifications that the thing communicated is mauled and distorted if we attempt to convey it by any vehicle less subtle than that of the poem itself.

Cleanth Brooks, from The Well Wrought Urn

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