by Archibald MacLeish
Ars Poetica Language and Communication Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Line)
As a globed fruit, (1-2)
What do you think it means that we should be able to touch a poem, but not hear it?
A poem should be wordless
As the flight of birds. (7-8)
We can't hear the flight of birds (unless it's those honkin' geese), but the beauty of them flying is what's really important. Likewise, the beauty and feeling of a poem should be palpable, but we shouldn't have to hear a bunch of noise to go along with it.