Saturday, November 25, 2006

Precious


This is one of the best definitions of poetry I have come across:

"The poet always wants to put feelings or ideas in concrete forms, in forms that may have become in themselves precious (the very term is revealing), like those gems that owe their density and sparkle to the almost unbearable pressures and temperatures they've been through."


Marguerite Yourcenar in Preface to 'Fires'.

She was born in Brussels and I can't help feeling that she was maybe inspired to write this after a visit to Antwerp to the world famous diamond district.

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