Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

For it is not metres, but a metre-making argument, that makes a poem,—a thought so passionate and alive, that, like the spirit of a plant or an animal, it has an architecture of its own, and adorns nature with a new thing.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "The Poet," Essays, Second Series (1844).

Emerson, anticipating post-modern philosophy, often grappled with what it meant to make an argument. He questioned what narrow logical and philosophical modes of analysis actually could achieve and surmised that art and whimsy and other "illogical" flights of the imagination could also attempt to lend an accurate, or even true, picture of the way reality works and we work in/on reality.
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