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Reply To: Myth: The Grammar of Creativity,” with Bradley Olson, Ph.D.”

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Bradley Olson
Participant

Sunbug, thank you for your enthusiastic and lovely response. I agree with you about the importance, the beauty, and the delight of poetry. It seems to me that life is not a viable proposition without poetry; it is intrinsically delightful, and reaches into the heart of human existence and its beauty, its pain, and its challenge. Wallace Stevens once wrote that a poem should resist the intellect, almost successfully, and I think that’s true for myth as well. In addition myth has a lyric, poetic quality baked into it from its early oral transmission. I can’t think of Homer’s “rosy-fingered dawn” or Sophocles’ “One must wait until the evening to see how splendid the day has been” as anything other than poetry.

Thank you for your delightful response!