Wisdom

Do you share Robert Frost’s belief that “A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom…it runs a course of lucky events, and ends in a clarification of life.” “The Figure a Poem Makes” (250-251)? If possible try to explain in your own words what you understand by this statement. Can you give an example of a poem you have read that does just this?

I find poems an indulgence. I don’t usually think of poems when I think about studying literature to find wisdom. The first ones that come to my mind are novels, essays, plays and maybe then poems. I do share Robert Frost’s belief that “A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom…it runs a course of lucky events, and ends in a clarification of life.” “The Figure a Poem Makes” (250-251). Every poem I’ve read has been as a form of pleasure, and every poem that I’ve read has left me with a little bit of wisdom that I would’ve never thought of. One nof these poem’s that I have read that does this is a poem by Rupi Kaur, published in her book, Milk and honey.b806145635bfc2175fe741efc3b869276e38b11a3c32b3fb45c7bd20b3ea7837

This poem gives me so much strength every time I read it. It reminds me of all the things that I’ve gone through on my own and how much stronger I’ve emerged after every experience. And I don’t think this wisdom can be passed on by any novel, book, or essay as beautifully as it has been portrayed by this short poem.

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2 Replies to “Wisdom”

  1. Hi Prarthana,
    I just wanted to commend you on your honesty in this post. I understand what you mean about poetry sometimes being an `indulgence’. At times, poets can be a little too smart for their own good and hide what they are trying to convey in the words. That’s the beauty of poetry- like art, sometimes what we see and what the artist is wanting to reveal are two different things. As you mention, there is wisdom to be found in all forms of literature. Don’t be afraid to explore and find your interpretations. The Kaur poem you have included in your post is indeed short but powerful. I am glad that it gives your strength when you need it.
    Brendon

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