Education by Poetry by Robert Frost from the Imaginative Conservative
LOVE EVERY WORD!! And I thought I was the only one who thought that maybe poetry could stand in for all the subjects. Whatever you skip next year and today, do not leave out poetry. Here is a bit of hyperbole: This essay may be the most important thing you will read all year.
I would be willing to throw away everything else but that: enthusiasm tamed by metaphor. Let me rest the case there. Enthusiasm tamed to metaphor, tamed to that much of it. I do not think anybody ever knows the discreet use of metaphor, his own and other people’s, the discreet handling of metaphor, unless he has been properly educated in poetry.
(And now I am off to the dentist. Yes, that is right, I am off to the dentist with another child. This is not so bad as it could be. My dear husband is off to the Department of Motor Vehicles with a newborn 16 yo. This is the first time ever I have not had to do that horrid job, biting my fingernails and cussing, while the child forgets to check his mirrors or slow down for children playing. We all know that children don't play anymore anyway. But here's to Andrew and my new insurance rates.)