Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

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The unity of a work of art, the basis of structural analysis, has not been produced solely by the unconditioned will of the artist, for the artist is only its efficient cause: it has form, and consequently a formal cause. The fact that revision is possible, that the poet makes changes not because he likes them better but because they are better, means that poems, like poets, are born and not made. The poet’s task is to deliver the poem in as uninjured a state as possible, and if the poem is alive, it is equally anxious to be rid of him, and screams to be cut loose from his private memories and associations, his desire for self-expression, and all the other navel-strings and feeding tubes of his ego. The critic takes over where the poet leaves off…Every poet has his private mythology, his own spectroscopic band or peculiar formation of symbols, of much of which he is quite unconscious.

Northrop Frye, Fables of Identity

Written by nevalalee

May 28, 2018 at 7:30 am

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