Quotation by William Harmon

Much poetry seems to be aware of its situation in time and of its relation to the metronome, the clock, and the calendar. ... The season or month is there to be felt; the day is there to be seized. Poems beginning "When" are much more numerous than those beginning "Where" of "If." As the meter is running, the recurrent message tapped out by the passing of measured time is mortality.
William Harmon (b. 1938), U.S. poet. The Top 500 Poems, "This Is It!" (Introduction), Columbia University Press (1992).
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