Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Explaining Poems

You can find this quote all over the Internet:

It’s art if can’t be explained.
It’s fashion if no one asks for an explanation.
It’s design if it doesn’t need explanation

— Wouter Stokkel

Nicely done. I suppose it means that poems which can be explained or paraphrased, which lose nothing from being recast as prose, aren’t really art at all.

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