Poetry, at all times, is not merely descriptive and imitative in the Aristotelian sense. It is always also creative; creative indeed in the sense of making thing that were not there before—and the derivation of the word ‘poetry’ point to just this kind of ‘making’. But it is creative also in a profounder and more elusive sense. Poetry heightens and cultivates the creative element that is experience itself. For experience is not in the impressions we receive; it is in making sense. And poetry is the foremost sense-maker of experience. It renders actual ever new sectors of the apparently inexhaustible field of potential experience.

-Erich Heller

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