Wednesday, January 16, 2008

An 'immense world of delight'

More from the poet, Kenneth Koch:

"I think poetry really accomplishes something and is really useful. I think it connects us to the world we use, to our language, and connects those words to things that are outside of us, that are out of our control most of the time and in many ways and enables us to feel a kind of mastery of those things, to participate in them, to have experiences we wouldn't otherwise have, and to understand things and see things that we wouldn't otherwise see. Blake speaks of the 'immense world of delight' which may exist in things without our knowing it -- I think poetry can help one to be close to whatever that is."

From my experience, religion and philosophy at their best can do the same thing.

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