…Explain how poetry
pursues the human like the smitten moon
above the weeping, laughing earth; how we
make prayers of it…
Interesting spat going on at the moment – an exam board took one of Carol Ann Duffy’s poems off the syllabus because it might encourage violence. The quote above comes from the poem she wrote in response.
I’ve always enjoyed her work hugely, and I love this particular phrase, which says so much about what poetry is, and can be!