Poetry Survey Series Post Five: The Donkey by G. K. Chesterton
Dear Readers, I’ll let you read this one over at the Poetry Foundation website, because it’s a good opportunity to introduce yourselves to probably the most complete and interesting poetry website out there (if you havn’t already.)
This is another short lyrical poem from among my youthful favorites. It appeals to the earthier, more emotional side of piety in that very Roman Catholic manner.
I’ve been mainly starting with these simpler poems because I want to emphasize that erudition needs a foundation in simplicity. The more easily reached pleasures move us to reach for those a little farther out on the branch. When I get tired or I start to feel unusure about what good poetry really is, I go back to where it all started.
After this I have one or two more short simple poems that I want to share, and then we may begin to go a little deeper. Thanks to those of you who are sticking with me.