In keeping with my "quotes about poetry" theme for the month, I'm pleased to share this poem by J. Patrick Lewis, who gives us fifteen exquisite and highly quotable definitions of poetry.
Which one speaks to you?
the tunnel at the end of the light.
an anagram for “Yo, esprit!”
commotion in the left field stanzas.
the great flywheel of metaphor.
prose, bent out of shape.
the idiom of the djinns.
experience’s armor against oblivion.
the midwife at the birth of the alphabet.
perfect verbs hunting elusive nouns.
an antidote for the adjective-itis bug.
a factual-to-fanciful metric converter.
words on a busman’s holiday.
a ladder to the castle in the air.
a blind date with enchantment.
the sound of silence…amplified.
----J. Patrick Lewis, all rights reserved
Poetry Friday is hosted today by Paper Tigers.
This post is part of a month-long celebration of not-quite-daily quotes about poets, poems, and poetry. For more quotes, see the archive of the Poetry Quote of the Day. There are many more National Poetry Month celebrations across the Kidlitosphere.