A child should be allowed to take as long as she needs for knowing everything about herself, which is the same as learning to be herself. Even twenty-five years if necessary, or even forever. And it wouldn't matter if doing things got delayed, because nothing is really important but being oneself.
I would then say that there are two kinds of feeling. The first is to feel in the sense of concentrating your emotions on something immediately available for your understanding: you make your understanding out of the emotions you have about it. The second is to feel in the sense of being affected without trying to understand: something is felt, you do not know what, and it is more important to feel it than to try to understand it, since once you try to understand it you no longer feel it.
Much of the magical effect that poetry gives of rendering everything it touches pellucid comes from the necessity of compression that it imposes. The impossibility of pausing in poetry as long as may be needed to make sense clear causes many a set of words actually deficient in linguistic workmanship to pass for an eloquent brevity.
magical quoteseffect quotespoetry quotesrendering quotestouches quotespellucid quotesnecessity quotescompression quotesimposes quotesimpossibility quotespausing quoteslong quotesneeded quotesmake quotessense quotesclear quotesset quoteswords quotesdeficient quoteslinguistic quotesworkmanship quotespass quoteseloquent quotesbrevity quotes
Emile Saint-Blague had been a lively, versatile painter in his youth, but he had abused his energy by painting too many pictures; so that in what might have been the ripe period of his art he had nothing left but ideas. A man who has nothing left but ideas may be of great service to his friends, but he is of no use at all to himself. Emile was certainly an inspiration to his friends.
God' is the name given to the most 'important' human idea. In English, as in other languages, the original sense of the word is obscure. But the character of the name is the same in all languages: it is a question. 'God' is the question 'Is there something more important than, something besides, man?
Pseudo-modernists pursue individual style because they know they cannot make a name without it; but if they had lived in the eighteenth century their sole object would have been to write correctly, to conform to the manner of the period. In practice, their conforming individualism means an imitation, studiously concealed, of the eccentricities of poems which really are individual.
pseudomodernists quotespursue quotesindividual quotesstyle quotesmake quoteslived quoteseighteenth quotescentury quotessole quotesobject quoteswrite quotescorrectly quotesconform quotesmanner quotesperiod quotespractice quotesconforming quotesindividualism quotesmeans quotesimitation quotesstudiously quotesconcealed quoteseccentricities quotespoems quotesindividual quotes
Euripides seems to have felt that the dignified perfection of Sophocles could be challenged only by novelty and irresponsibility. The religious conditions of the Dionysian festival kept him within certain bounds... But within the imposed limits Euripides was as profane as he dared to be, making melodrama of the divine realities which his predecessors accepted religiously, using the stage merely as a convenience for popularizing his own eccentric values.
euripides quotesfelt quotesdignified quotesperfection quotessophocles quoteschallenged quotesnovelty quotesirresponsibility quotesreligious quotesconditions quotesdionysian quotesfestival quotesbounds quotesimposed quoteslimits quotesprofane quotesdared quotesmaking quotesmelodrama quotesdivine quotesrealities quotespredecessors quotesaccepted quotesreligiously quotesstage quotesconvenience quotespopularizing quoteseccentric quotesvalues quotes
The new "ambiguity" means, in a way adjudged favorable to literary, poetic, intellectually and psychologically well-devised and praiseworthily executed linguistic performance, uncertainty of meaning, or difficulty for the interpreter in identifying just what the meaning in question is: it means the old meanings of ambiguity with a difference. It means uncertainty of meaning (of a word or combination of words) purposefully incorporated in a literary composition for the attainment of the utmost possible variety of meaning-play compressible within the verbal limits of the composition.
ambiguity quotesmeans quotesadjudged quotesfavorable quotesliterary quotespoetic quotesintellectually quotespsychologically quoteswelldevised quotespraiseworthily quotesexecuted quoteslinguistic quotesperformance quotesuncertainty quotesmeaning quotesdifficulty quotesinterpreter quotesidentifying quotesmeaning quotesquestion quotesmeans quotesmeanings quotesambiguity quotesdifference quotesword quotescombination quoteswords quotespurposefully quotesincorporated quotesliterary quotescomposition quotesattainment quotesutmost quotesvariety quotesmeaningplay quotescompressible quotesverbal quoteslimits quotescomposition quotes
The anthology meets with two different kinds of reactions in living poets. They will either write toward the anthology or away from it. Anti-anthology poets often overreach themselves, inflicting protective distortions on their work - as parents in old Central Europe often deliberately maimed their sons to save them from compulsory military service.
anthology quotesmeets quoteskinds quotesreactions quotesliving quotespoets quoteswrite quotesantianthology quotespoets quotesoverreach quotesinflicting quotesprotective quotesdistortions quoteswork quotesparents quotescentral quoteseurope quotesdeliberately quotesmaimed quotessons quotessave quotescompulsory quotesmilitary quotesservice quotes
The rhythmic pattern of the poem, which forces continuity of attention - incites a pleasurable compulsion to 'follow' - is either a tried metrical suasion-contrivance or a specially invented pattern of physical insistences, equally, if not more, binding in its effect on the reader. From a straight linguistic point of view, there is room for wonder if there is not latent vice in this environment in which pleasurable physically-compelled responses, produced by incidents of poetic utterance, are identified with the Good.
rhythmic quotespattern quotespoem quotesforces quotescontinuity quotesattention quotesincites quotespleasurable quotescompulsion quotesfollow quotesmetrical quotessuasioncontrivance quotesspecially quotesinvented quotesphysical quotesinsistences quotesequally quotesbinding quoteseffect quotesreader quotesstraight quoteslinguistic quotespoint quotesview quotesroom quoteslatent quotesvice quotesenvironment quotesphysicallycompelled quotesresponses quotesproduced quotesincidents quotespoetic quotesutterance quotesidentified quotesgood quotes
When modernist poetry, or what not so long ago passed for modernist poetry, can reach the stage where the following piece by Mr. Ezra Pound is seriously offered as a poem, there is some justification for the plain reader and orthodox critic who shrinks from anything that may be labelled 'modernist' either in terms of condemnation or approbation.... Better he thinks, that ten authentic poets should be left for posterity to discover than one charlatan should be allowed to steal into the Temple of Fame.
modernist quotespoetry quoteslong quotesago quotespassed quotesreach quotesstage quotespiece quotesmr quotesezra quotespound quotesoffered quotespoem quotesjustification quotesplain quotesreader quotesorthodox quotescritic quotesshrinks quoteslabelled quotesmodernist quotesterms quotescondemnation quotesapprobation quotesthinks quotesten quotesauthentic quotespoets quotesleft quotesposterity quotesdiscover quotescharlatan quotesallowed quotessteal quotestemple quotesfame quotes
Daisy was a consciously happy young woman without any of the usual endowments that make for conscious happiness, money apart. She was not pretty, she was not clever, she had no friends, no talents, nor even an imagination to make her think she was happy when she was really miserable. As she was never miserable, she had no need of an imagination.
Because most people are not sufficiently employed in themselves, they run about loose, hungering for employment, and satisfy themselves in various supererogatory occupations. The easiest of these occupations, which have all to do with making things already made, is the making of people: it is called the art of friendship.
Politics have always covered two distinct kinds of problems: problems of administrative routine, and those that may be called 'questions of the moment.'... A question of the moment is, indeed, a substitute for some notion, such as the idea of God, or hereditary monarchy, or national glory, that has hitherto acted as a symbol of human co-ordination. It provides no new positive certainty to replace the discredited certainty, but is what the name implies: the raising of a question which the old certainty no longer answers.
politics quotescovered quotesdistinct quoteskinds quotesproblems quotesproblems quotesadministrative quotesroutine quotescalled quotesquestions quotesmoment quotesquestion quotesmoment quotessubstitute quotesnotion quotesidea quotesgod quoteshereditary quotesmonarchy quotesnational quotesglory quoteshitherto quotesacted quotessymbol quoteshuman quotescoordination quotespositive quotescertainty quotesreplace quotesdiscredited quotescertainty quotesimplies quotesraising quoteslonger quotesanswers quotes
How our story has been divided up among the truth-telling professions! Religion, philosophy, history, poetry, compete with each other for our ears; and science competes with all together. And for each we have a different set of ears. But, though we hear much, what we are told is as nothing: none of it gives us ourselves, rather each story-kind steals us to make its reality of us.
metaphor quotescommon quotesfeature quoteslinguistic quotespractice quotesincidental quotesexpediency quoteshomely quotesadministering quotesfirstaid quotesmotherwit quotesjams quoteshalts quotesexpression quotessuddenly quotesconfronting quotesspeakers quotesrespectable quotessolution quotesimmediately quotessight quotes
Myth is a tale once believed as truth; believed, it is not myth, but religion. A tale once religiously believed that has come to be called a myth is something of religion corrupted with disbelief. What are beliefs for some societies but myths for others cannot fill spiritual vacancies in the life of those others.
Women from earliest times have been used as conveniences of communication with unseen, inaccessible powers, but always in the sense that such exposing of self to dangerous mysteries, such destruction of the understanding as was required to become the slave of unseen powers, did not matter because the communicant was only a woman, in herself an undetermined cipher - a nothing.
women quotesearliest quotestimes quotesconveniences quotescommunication quotesunseen quotesinaccessible quotespowers quotessense quotesexposing quotesdangerous quotesmysteries quotesdestruction quotesunderstanding quotesrequired quotesslave quotesunseen quotesmatter quotescommunicant quoteswoman quotesundetermined quotescipher quotes
I feel an intense intimacy with those who have this loathing interest in me. Further than this, I know what they mean, I sympathize with them, I understand them. There should be a name (as poetic as love) for this relationship between loather and loathed; it is of the closest and more full of passion than incest.