on poetry

March 26, 2015

Poet A.E. Housman photographed by E.O. Hoppé“Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has, it may be inadvisable to draw it out. ‘Poetry gives most pleasure,’ said Coleridge, ‘when only generally and not perfectly understood’; and perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure.”
A.E. Housman
(March 26, 1859 – April 30, 1936)
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Poet A.E. Housman photographed by E.O. Hoppé