Monday, 11 June 2007

"In a better world, poetry would need no justification beyond the sheer splendor of its existence. As Wallace Stevens once observed, 'The purpose of poetry is to contribute to man's happiness.'... Aesthetic pleasure needs no justification, because a life without such pleasure is not one worth living."
~Dana Gioia

1 comment:

astairesteps said...

I like these quotes (Gioia and Stevens). I've always believed (and argued with those employed as such) that medicine and law and engineering and science---these are all important fields. These are WHAT we do. But poetry and music and art and beauty---these are WHY we do what we do.