Sunday, October 05, 2008

Contemplating bruises


Ted Hughes replying to Donald Hall, who though Sylvia Plath's Ariel was too sensational to be considered first-rate:


Whatever you say about them, you know they’re what every poet wishes he or she could do. When poems hit so hard, surely you ought to find reasons for their impact, not argue yourself out of your bruises.

That could be a summary of our times. We don't want to know any more.

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