Whether you admired him or despised him, thought about his ideas or dismissed them, it was hard to ignore the brilliance and the clarity of his writing.
As a poetry lover (and learner), I admire the comments he made in this 2005 article about the value and importance of poetry. It includes these lines:
My own acquaintance and relationship with poetry is bound up with acquisition, memorization, and recital. That is: I realized when I was quite young that I could learn poems "by heart," as the saying goes. This may have something to do with early experience in compulsory religious and scriptural studies. It was no hardship for me to commit hymns and verses of the Bible (though not so many psalms, oddly enough) to memory.
...I think that there is something of the gold standard about the echo and recall of poetry in the conscious mind.
Poetry, to put it another way, is also a good training in the ironic.
Rest in Peace.