Wisdom In Poetry: Release the Imprisoned Splendor

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Poetry is not my favorite form of literature, but there is wisdom to be found in poetry if you read the right passages. These passages that just seem strike a cord within me, much like favorite scripture verses from various traditions. Below is one passage that I just love–it seems to capture my life philosophy in beautifully written prose. 🙂

Release the imprisoned splendor. I love the image that brings to mind.  🙂 That line is part of this excerpt from Robert Browning’s Paracelus. It’s one of my all-time favorites and really summarizes the New Thought philosophy that I have mentioned many times. Here it is:

Truth is within ourselves; it takes no rise from outward things, whatever you may believe. There is an inmost center in us all where truth abides in fullness and around, wall upon wall, the gross flesh hems it in, this perfect, clear perception—which is truth; and to KNOW rather consists in opening out a way whence the imprisoned splendor may escape, than in effecting entry for a light supposed to be without.

Robert Browning

What do you think? Isn’t it pretty? 🙂 Wouldn’t you agree that there is wisdom in poetry? And I am not even much of a poetry fan.  😉

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I am a retired RN–stayed home after my second child was born, having worked for 10 years. I am in my mid-50s now, and I enjoy blogging, designing mugs and more and spreading a bit of positivity in the world.

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