Wednesday, November 23, 2005

A Definition of Poetry

It is a sharply discharged whistle,
It is a cracking of squeezed ice-blocks,
It is night frosting leaves,
It is a duel of two nightingales.

(from Boris Pasternak's Definition of Poetry, 1917, translated by Edwin Morgan)


Heather O'Neill said...

Thanks for posting Pasternak's definition of poetry. So true.

It's these little things that cause us to take notice. Poetry is everywhere. Our eye is like a butterfly, or dragonfly, that rests upon the flower, with proboscis ready.

Heather O'Neill said...

Dragonflies don't have proboscis. Silly me.