Søren Kierkegaard, on poets.

“What is a poet? An unhappy man who hides deep anguish in his heart, but whose lips are so formed that when the sigh and cry pass through them, it sounds like lovely music…. And people flock around the poet and say: ‘Sing again soon’ – that is, ‘May new sufferings torment your soul but your lips be fashioned as before, for the cry would only frighten us, but the music, that is blissful.”

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5 thoughts on “Søren Kierkegaard, on poets.

    • I tried, but couldn’t when I tried before. Here it is:

      “What is a poet? An unhappy man who hides deep anguish in his heart, but whose lips are so formed that when the sigh and cry pass through them, it sounds like lovely music…. And people flock around the poet and say: ‘Sing again soon’ – that is, ‘May new sufferings torment your soul but your lips be fashioned as before, for the cry would only frighten us, but the music, that is blissful.”

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      • Easily one of the best things I’ve ever read.

        “Bit” sexist. But hey: I guess we can read “man” generally today. And maybe the Kierkster wrote it generally too.

        Emerson wrote, “Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist.” He CAN’T only have been talking about men. That, or he never learned about Joan of Arc or Boadicea; and he never lived to see Margaret Thatcher. Or Lady Gaga.

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