Tuesday, 20 March 2012

On Poetry

    So when people say that poetry is a luxury, or an option, or for the educated middle classes, or that it shouldn't be read in school because it is irrelevant , or any of the strange and stupid things that are said about poetry and its place in our lives, I suspect the people doing the saying have had it pretty easy. A tough life needs needs a tough language - and that is what poetry is. That is what literature offers - a language powerful enough to say how it is.   It isn't a hiding place. It is a finding place. - Jeanette Winterson
That's from Jeanette Winterson's excellent biography: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? 

It only took about 2 pages for me to be hooked, and to remind what a great voice she has, and I need toread more of her fiction.



David said...

That is a completely awesome quote. Thank you for sharing it.

faoladh said...

Ha! People who think that poetry is for the indolent middle class are probably the same ones who think that rap is inartful.