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VERSES: Poetry  

Lindsay Sheehan 2014
Last Updated: Apr 11, 2014 URL: http://libguides.huhs.org/content.php?pid=569607 Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts
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Poetry

I, too, dislike it: there are things that are important beyond all 
this fiddle.
Reading it, however, with a perfect contempt for it, one 
discovers in
it after all, a place for the genuine.
Hands that can grasp, eyes
that can dilate, hair that can rise
if it must, these things are important not because a

high-sounding interpretation can be put upon them but because
they are
useful. When they become so derivative as to become 
unintelligible
the same thing may be said for all of us, that we
do not admire what
we cannot understand: the bat
holding on upside down or in quest of something to

eat, elephants pushing, a wild horse taking a roll, a tireless wolf
under
a tree, the immovable critic twitching his skin like a horse that
feels a
flea, the base-
ball fan, the statistician--
nor is it valid
to discriminate against 'business documents and

school-books'; all these phenomena are important. One must
make a distinction
however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the
result is not poetry,
nor till the poets among us can be
'literalists of 
the imagination'--above
insolence and triviality and can present

for inspection, 'imaginary gardens with real toads in them', shall
we have
it. In the meantime, if you demand on the one hand,
the raw material of poetry in
all its rawness and
that which is on the other hand
genuine, you are interested in poetry

 

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Lindsay Sheehan
 

Lindsay Sheehan

Lindsay Sheehan is a friendly, silly, bubbly, individual who loves Forensics and her family.  She will be attending St. Norbert College for Secondary Education and English. She enjoys hanging out with her friends, reading poetry, being nerdy, and playing piano.  Lindsay would have loved this project had she not waited until the last minute to complete it.  So, to those who will do this project in the future: have fun with it...early!

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