Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Seamus Heaney, the foremost Irish poet of our time has passed on. In an interview in the Paris
Review, he noted the power of poetry to change minds and enlighten debate:
Debate doesn’t really change things. It gets you bogged in deeper. If you can address
or reopen the subject with something new, something from a different angle,
then there is some hope. … People are suddenly gazing at something else and
pausing for a moment. And for the duration of that gaze and pause, they are
like reflectors of the totality of their own knowledge and/or ignorance. That’s
something poetry can do for you, it can entrance you for a moment above the
pool of your own consciousness and your own possibilities.
Thnx to Brain Pickings.