Sunday, 24 March 2013

K. Narayan Chandran on American Poetry

On Monday (18/03/2013), K. Narayan Chandran, a professor from the Department of English, UoH, gave a lecture on American Poetry. While the lecture focussed on poetry and how it is to be used in a classroom context, some statements that he made seemed pretty profound, and so, I thought I shall quote him here:


1. “Poets are not wolves. They don’t run in packs.”
2. “Poetry says more without meaning to.”
3. “Poetry is about itself most of the time”
4. “A poem really begins to take life in memory.”
5. “All poetry makes for philosophy at higher levels.”
6. “If you repeat, you should build on repetition.”
      7. “Our language is a storehouse of clich├ęs.”

He also took a few quotes from others: 

Walt Whitman- “To have great poets there have to be great audiences too.”
Sven Birkerts- “Language is the soul’s ozone layer. We thin it at our peril.”
Anais Nin- “We don’t see things as they are; we see them as we are”
Stanley Cavell- “Our capacity to understand equals our capacity to misunderstand.”

1 comment:

Mind Butterfly said...

I am so glad you shared this. They are beautiful and makes a lot of sense. Thank You!