Monday, December 27, 2004

   It is absurd to think that the only way to tell if a poem is lasting is to

wait and see if it lasts. The right reader of a good poem can tell the moment
it strikes him that he has taken an immortal wound – that he will never get
over it.
That is to say, permanence in poetry, as in love, is perceived instantly.
It hasn’t to await the test of time. The proof a poem is not that we have
never forgotten it, but we knew at sight we never could forget it.

-Robert Frost-


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