Tuesday, April 03, 2012

News at Eleven: "A Briefness", itself a briefness

of a poem, ends with the lines: " I remember reflecting/'Women who don't believe in God/Don't bother to look elegant,'" which is of course a highly debatable proposition on the face of it, but rather funny, and we should remember the quote from TS Eliot she makes use of a few pages before: "if we learn to read poetry properly, the poet never persuades us to believe anything . . . What we learn from Dante, and the Bhagavad Gita, or any other religious poetry is what it feels like to believe that religion."

from The Guardian: The Collected Poems by Elizabeth Jennings--review


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