A Primer of Poetry

The primary requirements of poetic genius

The primary requisites of poesy genius are:

1. An eye that can see
2.  A heart that can feel
3.  A will that can follow
} Nature

The final intentions of pure poetry are an increase of:

1.  Goodness.
2.  Understanding.
3.  Delight.


Yet when we consider the two foregoing propositions we must realize the three properties of a just imagination, namely:

1. What is to be.
2. What ought to be.
3. What might be.

To embody thought process in poetical language we must never lose sight of its indispensabilities:

1.  Purity.
2.  Copiousness.
3.  Ease.

We must avoid:

1.  The Mean.
2.  The Obscure.
3.  The Extravagant.

The things to be chiefly considered in poetical illustration are:

1.  What shall be obviously seen.
2.  What shall be instantly admired.
3.  What shall be eminently characteristic.

Dignity has its place in poesy in the union of:

1.  The true and wonderful.
2.  The beautiful and wise.
3.  Art and nature.

These afford the advantages of:

1. The praise of goodness.
2. The memory of the remarkable.
3. The invigoration of the affections.

Pure truth, pure language, pure conception give rise to poetry that is:

1.  Thoroughly learned.
2.  Thoroughly animated.
3.  Thoroughly natural.

The Editor Company

Join the Conversation

Read These Next

img

Self-Publishing Means Self-Marketing

There are many advantages to self-publishing, but nobody should make the mistake of thinking that it’s easy. Sometimes the writing and the publishing are the easy parts. When that is done the challenge is to put your work into the shop window, where others can see it. With over a million titles on the market, you are up against some stiff competition.

img

Will E-Books Topple Publishers as We Know Them?

Are the major publishing houses we love and revile about to come tumbling down, undermined by a million e-bookers? Yes, says Smashwords’ founder Mark Coker, there’s a revolution afoot. No, says Berrett-Koehler’s David Marshall, the new publishing houses will just be different and better. The odd man out, publishing consultant Peter Beren, thinks the traditional publishers will not only survive, they will probably just absorb the current e-book craze and crazies.