Pia Tafdrup is a poet, author and member of The Danish Academy.
Recipient of among others: Nordic Council Literature Prize 1999, Søren Gyldendal Prize 2005, The Swedish Academy's Nordic Prize 2006. She is the Voice of the month on Poetry Sound Library and we would like to share her inspiring reflections on poetry:
A poem goes under the skin more than any other art form when it is most successful. There is a special energy in poetry, something that accumulates - and therefore also reflects ultimate empathy. A poem does not need to directly thematize large societal issues, because in the conception and unfolding lies a hidden commitment in the world.
The truth cannot be the poem to undertake to expose, it is found in the aesthetic grip, the spiritual architecture. In the tone, the style, the signature of the soul. Where the mystic senses that the words do not turn up and therefore become silent, the poet continues his "passage work" by articulating the unarticulate ...
Yes, poetry can be a lot: be something in itself, it is a special world, an imagination, a wisdom written - and it can act as a fuel on our way forward - or in meditative moments.
Although poetry has harsh conditions these years in much of the world, it calls attention to new generations. The young are trapped in its fragile universe or plunging into the head of hope. The young ones invent it again, and it is imperative that the same poem cannot be written again.
The best poems are time-consuming, they do not know ethnic prejudices or other consensus formation. In a successful translation, such poems can travel across the globe and accomplish more than is possible to measure.
The poem is a possible meeting place. The poem gives us a new look to look at, but according to Augustin it is not all we see, there is more to hear ...
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