Poem : To A Snail
Poet : Marianne Moore
If “compression is the first grace of style”, you have it. Contractility is a virtue as modesty is a virtue. It is not the acquisition of any one thing that is able to adorn, or the incidental quality that occurs as a concomitant of something well said, that we value in style, but the principle that is hid: in the absence of feet, “a method of conclusions”; “a knowledge of principles”, in the curious phenomenon of your occipital horn.