Monday, February 28, 2011

"I can't understand it..." : Another installment of... My Back Pages



"In a world with so high a proportion of fools, it is neither disgrace nor dishonor when people say of a finished work, 'I can't understand it.'"

-- Carl Sandburg, February 1916 issue of Poetry (on Ezra Pound)

Pictured: Drawing of Purkinje cells (A) and granule cells (B) from pigeon cerebellum by Santiago Ramón y Cajal, 1899

4 comments:

Annandale Dream Gazette said...

Thanks for posting that Sandburg quote. I found it useful today.

Shelley said...

That quote leaves writers between a rock and a hard place, I think. On the one hand, we have to do our work regardless of the people who demean it; on the other hand, we do have to attend to criticism, out of fear of being trapped in our own bubble.

Anonymous said...

Still, we need good teachers. And, still, students to push harder.


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Michael Schiavo said...

"Ezra"
Carl Sandburg

Good reading good reading
O most excellent reading
If can easy pass over
Easy skip idiotics
     pedantics pomposities
Good reading sure sure
I have learnt
     how to read Ez
He is my crazy brudder