David Ferry’s Beautiful Theft – Dan Chiasson


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Poetry is innately related to theft. The lyre was invented, the Greeks tell us, by Hermes, who then gave the instrument to Apollo as compensation for stealing cattle. One reason people’s aversion to poetry sometimes passes over into strong annoyance, or even resentment, is that poems steal our very language out from under us and return it malformed, misshapen, hardly recognizable.

Read more: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2013/01/david-ferrys-beautiful-thefts.html#ixzz2Hp3f9D1S

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From the New Yorker, January 9, 2013

Photograph: Library of Congress.

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