Water of Time


Long before today's neuroscience confirmed it, the English poet William Wordsworth (1770-1850) intuited that our sensory perceptions are not passively recorded, but that we construct experience as we experience it [1]. He, who used to write his poems in the garden of Dove Cottage, defined the essence of poetry as "emotion remembered in tranquillity" [2]. His great contribution to modern aesthetics will be the empowerment of the imagination, that which arises when the physical eye is deactivated and contemplates with "that power which owes nothing to sight" [3]. It is then that the poet is able to see beyond appearances and explore his inner worlds.