Wednesday, March 11, 2015


The Function and Use of Poetry

Robert Graves (1895-1985), The White Goddess: A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth, 4th ed. (1997; rpt. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013), p. 10:
The function of poetry is religious invocation of the Muse; its use is the experience of mixed exaltation and horror that her presence excites.

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