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Monday, May 1, 2017

A.E. Housman on Poetry about Poetry

"Painters do not paint pictures of pictures, and similarly poets had better not write poems on poems."

A bit too strong, I think, but salutary. Certainly the best poetry, even it has echoes of a poetic tradition, usually takes its inspiration directly from life.

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