Sunday, September 26, 2010

Thought for the day ...

As things are, and as fundamentally they must always be, poetry is not a career, but a mug's game. No honest poet can ever feel quite sure of the permanent value of what he has written: He may have wasted his time and messed up his life for nothing.
- T.S. Eliot, born on this date in1888


  1. Well, you just wrecked my day!

  2. Joseph Brodsky said that poetry was an "accelerated mental process." Certainly we write for the wonder of operating at a higher r.p.m., if nothing else.

    But beyond that, he said that we write "to please a shadow" -- for our ancestors, not our descendants. We write to continue the thread of conversation they left behind.

    I think Tom Eliot must have been having a very, very bad day when he wrote this.