Poetry is one of the strongest channels for expressing pain, and I liked the use of the word ‘pressed’. It implies a wine-making process, as if you emptied vat loads of painful must and then pressed out a small quantity of distilled language to be savoured over time.
‘… the passion of a poet whose poetry is half pressed out of him by pain.’
Source: Virginia Woolf, Orlando: A Biography, ed. with an introduction by Rachel Bowlby (Oxford: World’s Classics, 1992), p. 46
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