Quote: The Pleasure of Poetry

Poems are not read like novels.  There is much pleasure to be had in taking the same fourteen-line sonnet to bed with you and reading it many times over for a week.  Savour, taste, enjoy.  Poetry is not made to be sucked up like a child's milkshake, it is much better sipped like a precious malt whiskey.  Verse is one of our last stands against the instant and the infantile.  Even when it is simple and childlike it is to be savoured.

- The Ode Less Travelled by Stephen Fry, pp xxii-xxiii

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