Poetry ennobles a person and elevates him above his petty environment. It can guide a wavering mind through the daily rough course of life to a safer position. And, in a way, it can make our everyday life a thing of beauty.
Friedrich V. Lustig, From the foreword of Burmese Classical Poems. Translations can obviously never do the original justice, but they’re worth a read, containing poems from people of all walks of life and classes through the history of Burma.