Domeniul poeziei nu este sufletul integral, ci numai această zonă privilegiată, unde răsună actele lirei. Este locul oricărei frumuseți inteligibile: înțelegerea pură, onarea geometrilor.
The domain of poetry is not the entire soul, but only that privileged part where echoes the playing of lyres. It is the place of all intelligible beauty: pure understanding, the honour of geometries.
Dan Barbilian/Ion Barbu, 1947.
Dan Barbilian, Romanian mathematician, was pseudonymously Ion Barbu, symbolist poet. It is rare for one person to establish reputations in these two apparently disparate realms. Barbilian/Barbu, in written reflections on his ideal of a mathematical theory of poetry, provided an insight into the commonalities between them and his own attempts to create a poetry whose characteristics shared much with his conception of mathematics. In any study that seeks to illuminate connections between mathematics and poetry, Barbilian stands as a singular case.
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