Wednesday, July 12, 2006

The Albatross of Sense

poetry: their in the best words order best

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834): I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is, prose,—words in their best order; poetry,—the best words in their best order.


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I can't find that passage where Coleridge mentions that "kerplunk," is one of the words he considers the best.

2 comments:

Nadia said...

"Kerplunk" is an excellent word.

Also, I've always been partial to "snout".

gary barwin said...

Actually, I have T-shirt that says that: "I have always been partial to 'snout.'"

Or was that

the partial snout of cloud
late in the light
the furrows browsing
a trough of owls
the moon's sowee
twigs twitching before
the dicephalus dawn