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Saturday, January 7, 2012

A Caution to Poets

(Interior by John Nash, 1893-1977, English painter,
wood engraver, and botanic illustrator)


What poets feel not, when they make,
A pleasure in creating,
The world, in its turn, will not take
Pleasure in contemplating.

~ Matthew Arnold (1822-1888), English poet and critic

1 comment:

Charles Van Gorkom said...

Point well taken. Too often I have written from feelings of fear or even anger.... hopefully those pieces, though slowly, are being weeded away...