Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Keats, "An Experience Beyond Thought"

"A poem needs understanding through the senses. The point of diving in a lake is not immediately to swim to the shore; it’s to be in the lake, to luxuriate in the sensation of water. You do not work the lake out. It is an experience beyond thought. Poetry soothes and emboldens the soul to accept mystery."

John Keats in "Bright Star," Jane Campion screenplay