Friday, May 22, 2009

Poetry Tips: A Quote From Thoreau

I’ve been reading Walden as time allows and absolutely feel the need to share part of this passage with you:

“A written word is the choicest of relics. It is something at once more intimate with us and more universal than any other work of art. It is the work of art nearest to life itself. It may be translated into every language, and not only be read but actually breathed from all human lips; -not be represented on canvas or in marble only, but be carved out of the breath of life itself.”

If that doesn’t spark appreciation or inspiration then I don’t know what else to say.

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4 comments:

Fragile Arts Quarterly said...

communication is great treasure;
phrases are gold spun fine.
words spent in vain endeavor
are pearls cast before swine.

raymond sapienza

Poet Hound said...

Thank you Mr. Sapienza!

mather said...

That's a nice quote, but Thoreau had a lot of other things to say too. "Let your life be a counter friction against the machine" is one that comes to mind. Check out the American Dissident web site for more ideas along that line.

Poet Hound said...

Thanks, Mather. I happened to be reading along in the book and he has many wonderful paragraphs so it is hard to pick from them all, isn't it?