Quote of the Day
Although the abstract words—truth, justice, happiness, democracy, love, kindness, etc.—are usually dull, that is because they are normally used to narrow the field of vision, to keep people from seeing. There is no reason they cannot be used to widen vision, if the writer is either more honest or more capable of abstract thought than most of his culture is. It is not impossible to be interesting when talking about ideas or when using ideational language; it is merely improbable. The poet’s chosen vocation is to try something improbable.
—W.D. Snodgrass, “Tact and the Poet’s Force”