Friday, June 26, 2009


"Poetry is threatened when poets take too lively a theoretical interest in language and make it into a constant subject of meditation, when they confer upon it an exceptional status that derives less from aesthetics than from theology. ...
If we are truly to think, thought must adhere to the mind;  if it becomes independent of the mind, exterior to it, the mind is shackled from the start, idles, and has but one resource left - itself - instead of relying on the world for its substance or its pretexts.  The writer must guard against reflecting excessively upon language, must avoid making it the substance of his obsessions, must never forget that the important works have been created despite language.  A. Dante was obsessed by what he had to say, not by the saying of  it."
                                      E. M. Cioran, from Anathemas and Admirations

I wonder.  Is the above statement true?  Or merely plausible?


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