English 102 began appreciating poetry this week. English 201 (British Lit. I) read (reluctantly) Sir Philip Sidney’s “Defense of Poesy.” To encourage them all, I point to Professor Schubert’s praise of Richard Wilbur and some of the ways poetry can remind us to “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Ps. 34:8)
. . . our senses grow weary, and we forget to taste, touch, smell, and see that the world is good. Poetry that reminds us to do [so] ought be shared, pondered, and praised. Wilbur’s reminder extends further, to suggest that poetry is the very thing that will jog our memories. He shows us that the words with which we articulate the world can both capture and cause our praise.
Another poet who reminds us of the glories of God’s creation: Gerard Manley Hopkins.