Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The Inauguration Poem (2)

There's a great post on the Inauguration poem over at the Good Letters Blog. Here's my favorite excerpt, which is just applicable to the task of writing anything, I think:

"It’s very, very hard to write in language that transcends the moment and also serves the moment, and that has a sense of grandeur without overreaching for that grandeur....what I always learn when I read great poetry and when I embark upon each new poem [is] that you have to be very, very humble."

Most definitely.

Finding good language to both transcend and suit the moment is always difficult. And humility is always a fitting response to that task.

Wise words.

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