“If the gods write tragedy in this world they write it as men write songs, to soothe the mind with remembered woe, and to make still further poetry possible.”
~Mark Van Doren
Ed. Jelena O. Krstovic. “Odyssey.”Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism. (Detroit: Gale Research, 1996.) p. 223
One of my former students posted this quote that she took out of a university text book. It’s full of interesting thoughts to ponder, isn’t it? Poetry comes from so many places, and it can make pain a lasting thing of beauty.