Wednesday, March 29, 2006

What do you think?

I'm starting to read and make notes about Jane Hirshfield, and I came across these lines in her poem, "Mathematics":

Does a poem enlarge the world,
or only our idea of the world?

I posted some ideas on my blog -- I'd love to read other opinions...


Blogger Jenni said...

Poetry enlarges our idea of the world. It reveals a truth that was there all along, that we were not peceptive enough to see on our own. That's why we have that "a-ha" feeling we read a great poem.

But...I am sure if I think about it long enough I could see it the other way too.

4:34 PM  
Blogger Jan said...

It enlarges our idea of the world. The world itself is a fixed size finite in its scope. We have but a miniscule view, poetry enlarges that view so that it's our view/idea of the world that grows. While the world itself stays it same size.

7:49 PM  

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