Monday, March 24, 2014

Another Comment by Grossman

I myself am not clear--despite the general prestige of the word--what, as a term, "poetry" with its implication of "creativity" can now mean in in the context of the actual human task. What obligations "poetry" requires. What benefit to the human world the obligation, privilege, or competence named "poetry"--the vocation to "poetic work"--implies or promises.... In any case, my avowed unclarity with respect to the "meaning" or the word "poetry" is not, I assure you, a claim of modesty on my part or a gesture of intellectual circumspection, but rather an expression of fear.

--Allen Grossman, emphasis his own, True-Love: Essays on Poetry and Valuing,
University of Chicago Press,
p. 152 (digital) 

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