Wordsworth wrote an endless poem in blank verse on” the growth of a poet’s mind.” I shall attempt a more modest feat for a more distracted age: a blog, “Things which a Lifetime of Trying to Be a Poet has Taught Me.”
What is poetry? Why does it matter? Listen to the king’s bard:
SOME REAL MAGIC
Taliessin Lectureth in the School of the Poets
Within the cadences of human speech
Attentive listeners can sometimes hear
The rhythm of the wave upon the beach
Or listen to the music of the spheres.
Within the small sphere of the human eye
The watcher who knows how to look can see
A spirit that’s as lofty as the sky
Or humble as the lover on his knee.
When in the alembic of the human mind
Imagination boils with memory,
Such vision with such sound can be combined,
Far more mysterious than alchemy!
The Philosopher’s Stone we vainly sought of old
Could never have made such rare and costly gold.
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