Poet: Howard Nemerov
Poem: Because You Asked About The Line Between Prose And Poetry
Volume: The Collected Poems of Howard Nemerov
Year: Published/Written in 1977
Comment 1 of 1, added on September 23rd, 2007 at 8:24 PM.
Brilliant! The poem is the definition that distinguishes poetry from prose. All poetry is prose, as we say, but not all prose is poetry. Notice how the poem describes an ordinary event involving the actions of the birds and the falling snow as it falls through the invisible gradient---the air. Then the snow is both falling and flying, and here the poem is being both prose and prose at a level higher than ordinary prose. Poetry is the highest expression of language in addressing the meaning of the world, just as mathematics is the emperor of all the sciences, that being the highest expression of science in describing those categories of reality of which science treats.
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