The Poet's Corner

"A Defense of Poetry" by Percy Bysshe Shelley
From A Selection of Great Poetry compiled by C. J. Power
RIVINGTONS 34 King Street, Covent Garden. London 1933

All high poetry is infinite; it is as the first acorn, which contained all oaks potentially. Veil after veil may be undrawn, and the inmost naked beauty of the meaning never exposed. A great poem is a fountain forever overflowing with the waters of wisdom and delight; and after one person and one age has exhausted all its divine effluence which their peculiar relations enabled them to share, another and yet another succeeds, and new relations are ever developed, the source of an unforeseen and an unconceived delight.

Whether poetry spreads its own figured curtain, or withdraws life's dark veil from before the scene of things, it equally creates for us a being within our being. It makes us the inhabitants of a world to which the familiar world is a chaos. It reproduces the common universe of which we are portions and percipeints, and it purges from our inward sight the film of familiarity which obscures from us the wonder of our being.



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