I will incline mine ear to the parable, and shew my dark speech upon the harpfrom Psalm 49
I just thought of this phrase today while looking at some poems I wrote as a child. The reason that they were so gauche was mostly that I had read almost no poetry then. When I discovered Hopkins and Eliot and Yeats my poetry suddenly grew up. It was still gawky, but I finally knew what a good poem was.
Meredith,Even though it's a legal term (I think), I have heard it used in connection with religion: no one can successfully preach the good news unless he has a deep, abiding, non-superficial faith.Yes, reading great poetry does make a difference in the quality of one's own poems! (Most of the time...)
I've heard it used in connection with religion too, but what interests me is whether someone defines what they have by what they feel. Mother Teresa gave God even though she felt like she didn't have Him. She felt like a hypocrite, which is understandable. Sometimes (often?) you give what you didn't know you have.
Excellent point, TS(O).
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