art of non-words

About a secret of poetry: It has been said that poetry is an art of words. But poetry is an art of words only to the extent to which it is also an art of non-words; indeed, silence ought to be omnipresent in poetry, very much as death is forever present in life.

Lucian Blaga, from The Élan of the Island, 1946. (Translated by ANDREI BANTAÛ.)

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