„Poetry coins the language to express and charter this revolutionary awareness and demand, the implementation of that freedom.“

"Poetry is Not a Luxury"
Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (1984)
Kontext: The white fathers told us, I think therefore I am; and the black mothers in each of us-the poet-whispers in our dreams, I feel therefore I can be free. Poetry coins the language to express and charter this revolutionary awareness and demand, the implementation of that freedom.

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Audre Lorde3
US-amerikanische Schriftstellerin und Aktivistin 1934 - 1992

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„Poetry demands a different material than prose. It uses another facet of the same fact … the spontaneous conformation of language as it is heard.“

—  William Carlos Williams American poet 1883 - 1963

Detail & Prosody for the Poem Patterson given to James Laughlin (1939), now at Houghton Library
General sources

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„The Charter of the United Nations expresses the noblest aspirations of man“

—  Haile Selassie Emperor of Ethiopia 1892 - 1975

Address to the United Nations (1963)
Kontext: The Charter of the United Nations expresses the noblest aspirations of man: abjugation of force in the settlement of disputes between states; the assurance of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion; the safeguarding of international peace and security.
But these, too, as were the phrases of the Covenant, are only words; their value depends wholly on our will to observe and honour them and give them content and meaning. The preservation of peace and the guaranteeing of man's basic freedoms and rights require courage and eternal vigilance: courage to speak and act — and if necessary, to suffer and die — for truth and justice; eternal vigilance, that the least transgression of international morality shall not go undetected and unremedied.
These lessons must be learned anew by each succeeding generation, and that generation is fortunate indeed which learns from other than its own bitter experience. This Organization and each of its members bear a crushing and awesome responsibility: to absorb the wisdom of history and to apply it to the problems of the present, in order that future generations may be born, and live, and die, in peace.

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„…and we're weighed down by a crappy implementation language“

—  Eric S. Raymond American computer programmer, author, and advocate for the open source movement 1957

C++
emacs-devel http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/emacs-devel/2007-12/msg01268.html

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„I fancy all distinctively poetical language ought to be banned and the poetry come out of the quality of the idea and the intensity or passion with which it is expressed.“

—  Roger Fry English artist and art critic 1866 - 1934

Letter to R. C. Trevelyan , September 7, 1932
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„One is forced to remember how far from "self-expression" great poems are — what a strange compromise between the demands of the self, the world, and Poetry they actually represent.“

—  Randall Jarrell poet, critic, novelist, essayist 1914 - 1965

"The Profession of Poetry," Partisan Review (September/October 1950) [p. 168]
Kipling, Auden & Co: Essays and Reviews 1935-1964 (1980)

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„Language is the archives of history … Language is fossil poetry.“

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, Music

1840s, Essays: Second Series (1844), The Poet

J.M. Coetzee Foto
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„Prose uses the medium of language whilst poetry serves language and explores it.“

—  Michael Schmidt (poet) American poet 1947

The Great Modern Poets, London, 2006

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„Poetry is an awareness of the world, a particular way of relating to reality.“

—  Andrei Tarkovsky, buch Sculpting in Time

Quelle: Sculpting in Time

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„It was the first poetry that spoke my own language.“

—  Bob Dylan American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and artist 1941

On the influence of Jack Kerouac, as quoted in Jack Kerouac (2007) by Alison Behnke, p. 100
Kontext: Someone handed me Mexico City Blues in St. Paul [Minnesota] in 1959 and it blew my mind. It was the first poetry that spoke my own language.

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„What we demand is new, decisive, and radical, revolutionary in the truest sense of the word.“

—  Joseph Goebbels Nazi politician and Propaganda Minister 1897 - 1945

1930s, Die verfluchten Hakenkreuzler. Etwas zum Nachdenken (1932)

„Poetry, from describing external events objectively, is becoming subjectified into a poetry of personal conscious expression.“

—  Julian Jaynes, buch The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind

Book II, Chapter 5, p. 274
The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind (1976)

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„Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.“

—  Aristotle, buch Poetik

1451b.6
Poetics
Original: (el) διὸ καὶ φιλοσοφώτερον καὶ σπουδαιότερον ποίησις ἱστορίας ἐστίν: ἡ μὲν γὰρ ποίησις μᾶλλον τὰ καθόλου, ἡ δ᾽ ἱστορία τὰ καθ᾽ ἕκαστον λέγει.

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„Schizophrenic language has in this sense an interesting resemblance to poetry.“

—  Terry Eagleton British writer, academic and educator 1943

Quelle: 1980s, Literary Theory: An Introduction (1983), Chapter 5, p. 138

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