What a fascinating pairing of quotes. I don’t suppose many people have studied how poetry affects the brain or why, for example, it can help circumvent certain symptoms of SD. Whenever I start to discuss the scientific side of poetry on my own blog, I find people have an almost visceral reaction — as if that would somehow tarnish the mystique of poetry. Ultimately, though, language lives in the brain — as do all the delights and poignancies of poetry.