Perforce

“Most people say that the purpose of poetry is communication: that sounds as if one could be contented simply by telling somebody whatever it is one has noticed, felt or perceived. I feel it is a kind of permanent communication better called preservation, since one’s deepest impulse in writing (or, I must admit, painting or composing) is to my mind not ‘I must tell everybody about that’ (ie responsibility towards other people) but ‘I must stop that from being forgotten if I can’ (ie responsibility towards subject).”

                                                                      –Philip Larkin

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