to be greatly good.

by Katherine

“(Poetry) awakens and enlarges the mind itself by rendering it the receptacle of a thousand unapprehended combinations of thought. Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar…

The great secret of morals is love; or a going out of our own nature, and an identification of ourselves with the beautiful which exists in thought, action, or person not our own. 

A man, to be greatly good, must imagine intensely and comprehensively; he must put himself in the place of another and of many others; the pains and pleasures of his species must become his  own.”

Percy Bysshe Shelley,  “A Defence of Poetry”

Thank you, Dr. T. David Gordon. Poetry is no rushed, easy art.

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