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Daily Poem – On Poetry

August 30, 2006

On Poetry

This is a sonnet about poetry.

Don Paterson


In the same way that the mindless diamond keeps
one spark of the planet’s early fires
trapped forever in its net of ice,
it’s not love’s later heat that poetry holds,
but the atom of the love that drew it forth
from the silence: so if the bright coal of his love
begins to smoulder, the poet hears his voice
suddenly forced, like a bar-room singer’s — boastful
with his own huge feeling, or drowned by violins;
…for the complete poem, go to:
http://www.loc.gov/poetry/180/027.html
Primary Source:
http://www.loc.gov/poetry/180/

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