Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Art and stereotypes

Robert Lowell, at the end of his life, (a confession?) about his own work:

"... sometimes what is closest to the heart has no words but stereotypes. Stereotypes are usually true, but never art.."

(For this quotation, and Lowell's work, to have meaning for you, you have to care about things like art, and the heart. Not everyone agrees that poetry rightly involves these things.)

1 comment:

Simon said...

I forget which work it was, but one of Lowell's last books someone noticed that the originally published poems had positives/negatives flipped. i.e., the original would say "I am not a bag of leaves" and the book version would say I am.