9.16.2010

Technique and Artifice

it is addressed thusly:
An ode.
it reads:
We when writing of things lost
The barren and the ocean-tossed
Of broken men and all their fear
These are really all held dear
They are incidents to the work
Whose whole subject may yet lurk

Does defect in David's statuary
Make an unworthy burden to carry?
Wordsworth wrote of brokenness,
But lament, not curse, describes it best;
And even Jeremiah wept
But Israel his love was closely kept;

So cease to search for prophecy
To affirm an ideology
Within the poet's hard-won verse
Will be wail and never curse
And if curse is found to be
You have found not poetry.

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