Poetry is not just a set of techniques

from Robert Alter The Art of Biblical Poetry

“Poetry is not just a set of techniques for saying impressively what could be said otherwise. Rather, it is a particular way of imagining the world—particular in the double sense that poetry as such has its own logic, its own ways of making connections and engendering implications, and because each system of poetry has certain distinctive semantic thrusts that follow the momentum of its formal dispositions and habits of expressions.”

ummmmmm semantic thrusts, and distinctive ones at that…..


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