Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Poetry Quote of the Day: A. E. Housman

". ..  in common with the others, I received from America a request that I would define poetry. I replied that I could no more define poetry than a terrier can define a rat, but that I thought we both recognized the symptoms which it provokes in us."  
---A. E. Housman, from Creators on Creating, edited by Frank Barron, Alfonso Montuori, and Anthea Barron

This post is part of my Poetry Quote a Day series for National Poetry Month.


  1. This reminds me when I asked a friend the definition of good art. I am enjoying these quotes.

  2. "Loveliest of trees the cherry now
    is hung with bloom along the bow..."

    Sorry. I see A.E. Houseman's name and I can't help myself...

  3. It's a good one, isn't it?

    You keep spouting poetry all you want to, Mary Lee. It's National Poetry Month and all, you know. :)


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