Grace Curtis talks about tension in poetry.
Poet and critic James Orley Allen Tate defined the term in 1938, saying
"I proposed as descriptive of that achievement, the term tension. I am using the term not as a general metaphor, but as a special one, derived from lopping the prefixes off the logical terms extension and intension. What I am saying, of course, is that the meaning of poetry is its 'tension,' the full organized body of all the extension and intension that we can find in it."
Does poetry need tension? Is tension merely extension and intension, without the ex-in? Discuss!
- Article by James Orley Allen Tate (in .doc format) Tension in Poetry