Looking through a magnifying glass to read lines from the play 'Romeo and Juliet' as William Shakespeare's First Folio is displayed at Christie's auction rooms in London, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. The book was published in 1623 and contains 36 of Shakespeare's plays. The book which will go for auction in New York on April 24, is estimated at 4-6 million US dollars. Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP Photo.

Letters, silent and spoken

Poetry is a special form of language because it is unpredictable, and it is unpredictable because it does not communicate ordinary things in the ordinary way. We resort to poetry when prose is too constraining.