Now I think poetry will save nothing from oblivion, but I keep writing about the ordinary because for me it’s the home of the extraordinary, the only home.
Poetry is simply the most beautiful, impressive, and widely effective mode of saying things.
Good afternoon folks! Welcome back to my latest poetry quotes blog where we take some favourite poetry quotes of mine; break them down; analyse them and apply the lessons learned to our lives as poets and readers alike. 🙏😁👍
To save us poets from any delusions of grandeur, Philip Levine wastes no time in reminding us that poetry won’t save anything (anyone) “from oblivion”. It won’t help us completely forget the suffering; pain and loss going on in the world/in our lives or numb us into a state of unconsciousness so we become unaware of what’s going on.
Instead it allows us the opportunity to write about the ordinary things going in our lives such as waking up in the morning; our jobs; going for walks; spending time with loved ones; food we eat etc. Stuff that might seem trivial or mundane to others. For it is in such common; everyday things that we can uncover something extraordinary; impressive and beautiful as Matthew Arnold goes on to declare. That’s the home of the true poet.
For that’s what poetry is! Impressive; beautiful & effective. Yes, effective! Poetry; spoken word can reveal to you, to others the innermost/complicated feelings and observations of you/writer/reader in a way that no other form of communication can. Because it’s short; concise; honest and cuts (through all the superfluous rubbish & flowery language) to the bone.
It can draw beauty & good out of the ugliest; most terrible; cruel and heartbreaking of events and emotions when you use the right words in the right way at the right time. It can heal us the hurt without removing the source. It allows us to feel the pain instead and still find hope; strength and comfort through it! Doesn’t matter where they are in the world. Now, that’s impressive! And extraordinary! 🤔👍😁👌👏❤️