In every culture, in every language, there is expressive play, expressive word play; there’s language use to different purposes that we would call poetry.
Religion is no more possible without prayer than poetry without language, or music without atmosphere.
In the best fiction, the language itself can become almost invisible.
Deep feeling doesn’t make for good poetry. A way with language would be a bit of help.
High thoughts must have high language.
Like everything metaphysical the harmony between thought and reality is to be found in the grammar of the language.
Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.
I am a guest of the French language. My poems in French are born of my interaction with the French language, which is not the same as that of a French poet.
Let’s get into talking about how autism is similar animal behavior. The thing is I don’t think in a language, and animals don’t think in a language. It’s sensory based thinking, thinking in pictures, thinking in smells, thinking in touches. It’s putting these sensory based memories into categories.
English poetry begins whenever we decide to say the modern English language begins, and it extends as far as we decide to say that the English language extends.