Friday, July 17, 2009

But first, here's a little poem...

I really enjoy it when writers introduce their book or better yet, each chapter, with a quote or a poem. I just came across this one from Shakespeare in Mat Callahan's The Trouble With Music:

The lunatic, the lover, and the poet
Are of imagination all compact...
The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven:
And as imagination bodies forth,
The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen
Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Come across any in your latest reads?


Remi said...

You may not be interested in war,
but war is interested in you.

-Leon Trotsky

from The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway.

Allison said...

Great passage to start off Friday!

Carrie K said...

I have! Durbravka Ugresec's Ministry of Pain started w/a Marina Tsetaeva poem. One of my favorite poets.

Color Online said...

Enjoyed this. It also is a glaring reminder how long it's been since I've read something heady.