"Truly fine poetry must be read aloud. A good poem does not allow itself to be read in a low voice or silently. If we can read it silently, it is not a valid poem: a poem demands pronunciation. Poetry always remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art. It remembers that it was first song."I'm not a big fan of poetry, but Borges' viewpoint does apply to most of my favorite poems - Prufrock, The Raven, Robert Frost, Dr. Seuss, nonsense poetry, et al (though not to E.E. Cummings).
---from "The Divine Comedy", the first chapter of Seven Nights.
01 January 2016
Borges on poetry
I found the following quotation in a book I received for Christmas: