«The biggest mistake is to think that you can write poetry without reading any. If you’re not interested in reading poems, forget it.»
«Currently only a small fraction of literate readers regularly read poetry. As recently as the 1800s nearly all literate people would have read and enjoyed poetry, and memorized verses would not be uncommon among the illterate. Go back even further, and poetry becomes a dominant form of entertainment, along with music and story telling.
So, what exactly are we missing?
I think, like many things we learn about in school, we have lost the sense that we can obtain pleasure from something that admittedly requires some effort to understand. More people I know derive pleasure from calculus than from poetry. People today have to be introduced to poetry because it is no longer part of our daily experience.»
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