Alec Nevala-Lee

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Archive for November 4th, 2012

Solving problems with a blindfold

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The constitution of poetry…is rather mysterious. It is strange that one should exert himself to formulate a discourse which must simultaneously obey perfectly incongruous conditions: musical, rational, significant, and suggestive; conditions which require a continuous and repeated connection between rhythm and syntax, between sound and sense

[This] creates problems of extension and convergence which poets solve blindfold—but they solve them (and that is the essential thing), from time to time.

Paul Valéry

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November 4, 2012 at 9:50 am

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