Ars poetica: that was one of the several ideas for my graduating lecture. I spent time researching the subject before deciding on something different. Along the way, I found a number of poems. Here's one that I wrote out in my journal and tried memorizing.
SOME PART OF THE LYRIC
by Gregory Orr
Some part of the lyric wants to exclude
the world with all its chaos and grief
and so conceives shapes (a tear, a globe of dew)
whose cool symmetries create a mood
of security. Which is something all need
and so, the lyric's urge to exclude
what hurts us isn't simply a crude
defense, but an embracing of a few
essential shapes: a tear, a globe of dew.
But to what end? Are there clues
in these forms to deeper mysteries
that no good poem should exclude?
What can a stripped art reveal? Is a nude
more naked than the eye can see?
Can a tear freed of salt be a globe of dew?
And most of all - is it something we can use?
Yes, but only as long as its beauty,
like that of a tear or a globe of dew,
reflects the world it meant to exclude.