I can’t believe it’s already the last day of poetry month! (And coincidentally the middle of my finals.) This year is going by incredibly quickly.
Anyway I have a couple of things to share with you today. First, this quote that my mom posted on Facebook this morning which I think is beautiful and important:
When power leads men towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses. For art establishes the basic human truth which must serve as the touchstone of our judgment. – JFK at Amherst College shortly after Robert Frost’s death. 1963
And now the poem for today. I searched for poems about poetry, sort of to keep in pattern with last year’s closing poem and thanks to the Poetry Foundation’s excellent search function I was able to find this gem from Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. (I can’t remember if he’s more famous or if his son is…).