“…two associated facts which might show a mysterious electricity if you touched them incautiously.” From Middlemarch, which I am reading for the second time.
Nice descriptions of poetry from Clive James’ entry on Hegel in Cultural Amnesia:
“the kind of poet who, writing only in prose, has moments of explanatory intensity for which the word “poetry” is hard to withhold, unless we call them philosophy instead.”
“I can remember sitting back and shaking my head, to clear it from too much clarity.”
“The wave particle of prose that rings the bell does what poetry does. Poetry just does more of it, and one of the ways we measure greatness in poetry is by how it organises, to an even higher degree, everything that great prose does in the same space”.
as light an impact as the film itself.
(image from www.whitstillman.org)