My mother was a poet

Poets of America 1940

Poets of America 1940

Ralph Waldo Emerson writes that

The poet is the sayer, the namer, and represents beauty.  He is a sovereign, and stands on the centre.  For the world is not painted, or adorned, but is from the beginning beautiful; and God has not made some beautiful things, but Beauty is the creator of the universe.  Therefore the poet is not any permissive potentate, but is emperor in his own right.  Criticism is infested with a cant of materialism, which assumes that manual skill and activity is the first merit of all men, and disparages such as say and do not, overlooking the fact, that some men, namely, poets, are natural sayers, sent into the world to the end of expression, and confounds them with those whose province is action, but who quit it to imitate the sayers.  But Homer’s words are as costly and admirable to Homer, as Agamemnon’s victories are to Agamemnon.  The poet does not wait for the hero or the sage, but, as they act and think primarily, so he writes primarily what will and must be spoken, reckoning the others, though primaries also, yet, in respect to him, secondaries and servants; as sitters or models in the studio of a painter, or as assistants who bring building materials to an architect.

The Favorite Poet, 1888 -  by Sir Alma-Tadema

The Favorite Poet, 1888 - by Sir Alma-Tadema

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About hopeseguin

Who am I? I'm still discovering just who I am, I suppose. A. Powell Davis writes that "Life is just a chance to grow a soul."

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