Friday, March 1, 2013

Emerson: The Poet is One Chasing Beauty

Even when Emerson says something I disagree with--which is often--I still like the way he says it. Here, I like both what he says and the way he says it. 

[The poet] pursues a beauty, half seen, which flies before him. The poet pours out verses in every solitude. Most of the things he says are conventional, no doubt; but by and by he says something which is original and beautiful. That charms him. He would say nothing else but such things. 
--R. W. Emerson, from the essay "The Poet"

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