A Particular Way of Imagining the World

May 02, 2015Filed under Theology#quotesMarkdown source

Poetry, as I have been arguing throughout this study, is not just a set of techniques for saying impressively what could he said otherwise. Rather, it is a particular way of imagining the world—particular in the double sense that poetry as such has its own logic, its own ways of making connections and engendering implications, and because each system of poetry has certain distinctive semantic thrusts that follow the momentum of its formal dispositions and habits of expression.

—Robert Alter, The Art of Biblical Poetry, p. 151.