Poets: The Second Chance


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In a scene that draws forever the line between the poet and the square, Hamlet, prince and poet, converses with the busy bureaucrat Polonius:

Hamlet: Do you see yonder cloud that's almost in shape of a camel?

Polonius: Tis like a camel, indeed.

Hamlet: Or like a whale.

Polonius: Very like a whale.

Poets, their heads being in the clouds, are those who see whales and camels where others see only a chance of rain. That is why poets will always be more important than meteorologists. Poetry is a great imponderable,...

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