the literary life 11/21/10
Why Read Poetry?
"We read fiction when we want to kill time. We read poetry when time is killing us."
This is a striking quote. But I also think that we don't have to think of poetry in such serious terms. I turn to poetry for consolation and inspiration; however, I also turn to it for entertainment and escape (T.S. Eliot's book of cats comes to mind). On the flip side, I don't just read novels to kill time. I also read them to aid in my moral and psychological development as a human being. I don't like to box up genres this way...because people are complex and turn to books of all kinds for all kinds of reasons...