on poetry

December 23, 2014

Harriet Monroe“Poems, paintings, statues, ‘of very great distinction,’ are not created often; meantime the lesser achievements in these arts — the vital and provocative experiments, the works which seem to embody some mood of beauty, the expressions of insight or inspiration which seem a-thrill and alive — these are entitled to the consideration of the public. They must have this consideration, the poet — the artist of any kind — must have a public to speak to, else his art cannot grow, he can not go on. The people must grant a hearing to the best poets they have, else they will never have better.”
Harriet Monroe
(December 23, 1860 – September 26, 1936)
from a letter to the editor
The Dial, Volume 54, 1913
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