Fontenelle, Of Pastorals (1688/1695)

(Men are lazy, but they do not) relish a state of absolute Laziness … No they must have some motion, some agitation, but it must be such a motion and agitation as may be reconcil’d if possible, to the kind of Laziness that possesses ‚ em; and this is moat happily to be found in Love … (Therefore, pastoral poetry must present) a concurrence of the two strongest Passions, Laziness and Love.

“Club der toten Dichter”

We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. 

We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. 

And the human race is filled with passion. 

And medicine, law, business, engineering – these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. 

But poetry, beauty, romance, love – these are what we stay alive for.