In making a speech one must study three points: first, the means of producing persuasion; second, the language; third the proper arrangement of the various parts of the speech.
Our language is the reflection of ourselves. A language is an exact reflection of the character and growth of its speakers.
An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.
We might possess every technological resource… but if our language is inadequate, our vision remains formless, our thinking and feeling are still running in the old cycles, our process may be ‘revolutionary’ but not transformative.
At school, I was never given a sense that poetry was something flowery or light. It’s a complex and controlled way of using language. Rhythms and the music of it are very important. But the difficulty is that poetry makes some kind of claim of honesty.
I try for a poetic language that says, This is who we are, where we have been, where we are. This is where we must go. And this is what we must do.