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  • Poem

    Men say they know many things;
    But lo! they have taken wings—
    The arts and sciences,
    And a thousand appliances;
    The wind that blows
    Is all that any body knows.

    ~ Henry David Thoreau

    (in context)

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Poetic Rivalry, or Something

Posted by Matthew on April 24, 2007

I think today’s poem hits an interesting nerve. There is, I think, a kind of divide between poets who focus on the natural world and all other poets. However, the divide, at least as suggested by Goetsch, seems to be preemptive, the city poets defending a worth that has not been challenged outright. Maybe I’m wrong, and surely it’s not as sharp a line as suggested by “Smell and Envy“, but it’s still an interesting thought train to hop on for a while.

Poem: Smell and Envy, by Douglas Goetsch
Thoreau: April 24, 1859


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