Religion Hunts for Poetry’s Freedom
This is taken from Susan Howe’s My Emily Dickinson, the last sentence on page 35. Howe is a poet herself, and can appreciate other poets – especially women.
Through of forest of mystic meaning, Religion hunts for Poetry’s freedom, while Poetry roams Divinity’s sovereign source.
Our earliest literature (including the Bible) was poetical – composed to be easily remembered and recited. God composed the Ten Commandments (inscribed in stone) but people preferred to hear his commandments spoken to them directly. There was no substitute for direct communication with the Divine.