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So what is a poem?

Excerpt from an interview with Bly:

Interviewer: Can I ask you something about the element of sound, what it means in poems? You've been giving talks on that lately.

Robert Bly: Wallace Stevens says something like, "A poem should almost successfully escape the intellect." Only music can do that. So that if the poem has no genius in sound, the practical intellect will imprison it, so to speak, in a box and show it to visitors.

Interviewer: You are thinking of a poem as a musical event, as well as a carrier of thoughts or emotions?

Robert Bly: Exactly. Poems can become musical events in a number of ways...

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