Friday, 22 February 2019

Brian Kirk : part three

What do you feel poetry can accomplish that other forms can’t?

I think the power of poetry lies in its ability to convey more than one meaning at a time. In prose for instance, particularly the essay, we are trying to be as precise in our language as possible. Poetry can manage, via a range of effects, to convey seemingly contrary ideas or generate a range of sometimes conflicting feelings in the reader all at one time. It many ways, poetry reflects the real world more closely than prose in that it does not attempt to establish polarised, black and white attitudes, but embraces the confusions and mixed emotions of the everyday.

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