John Piper’s Definition Of Poetry

Poetry is difficult sometimes to pin down, and understand exactly what it’s good for. Why is there poetry in life, and in Scripture? Should poetry be a significant part of life? Here’s what Piper said in an address at Crossway Chapel, 4 October, 2012. The whole thing is embedded below.

“Poetry is an effort to awaken or intensify, and usually to share a moving experience by using language that is chosen and structured differently from ordinary prose.”

John Piper on Poetry – Crossway Chapel, October 4, 2012 from Crossway on Vimeo.


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