“The expression of [the ancient greek actor's] face was of much less importance than in the modern drama. [They] did not demand the nuances of facial expression that would be expected. [The] masks could be changed so as to render the more general gradations of passion.”
A poem, to my mind, creates visible or auditory forms for something that is invisible, which is the feeling, or the emotion, or the metaphysical content of a moment. Now it may also include action, but its attack is what I call the ‘vertical’ attack, and this may be a little bit clearer if you will contrast it to what I would call the ‘horizontal’ attack of a drama, which is concerned with the development from situation to situation, whereas a poem is concerned with the development, let’s say, within a very small situation from feeling to feeling.
I see everyone as writing the same poem, only in many voices. We're all writing the poem of our time, everyone differently.
if you like the poem, don't let anyone tell you what it means. Because it means what you think it means.
It takes it away from the reader to say [what it means]. It ceases to belong to that reader.