The Escape From Banality

Poetic tradition and poetic originality are contrary forces we may characterize the creative impulse of the artist, on one dimension, as a flight from the banality of'a worn-out poetical fashion' Eliot, East Coker , To revitalize the language of poetry, the poet draws directly on the resources of the contemporary language. As Eliot said, ' Every revolution in poetry is apt to be a return to common speech'.1 This description he applied not only to his own revolution, but to that of Wordsworth,...

The Qualities Of Prose In Poetry

Often it is felt that poetry and prose are basically different kinds of writing that the difference between them is not just a question of versification, not just a matter of the greater degree of linguistic boldness and compression of significance to be found in poetry, but of something fundamentally different in the character of the linguistic effort involved. If it is valid to think, in this way, of'good poetry' and 'good prose' as separate ideals, then these can be associated with the two...