Slowly I’m building a collection of quotations defining poetry.  With a few more in the bag, we can lay them all out and see what it looks like.  This one has had me thinking: composing poetry as a recollection of things that haven’t yet been uttered.  Could that apply to other artistic expression: composing music as a recollection of things that haven’t yet been sung?

 

‘It always seemed to him that the composing of poetry was a kind of recall, ‘a recollection of what had not yet been uttered.’

 

Source: Henry Gifford, introduction to Osip Mandelstam, Journey to Armenia (London: Notting Hill Editions, 2011), p. 33

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