Thursday, May 26, 2022


The Art of Poetry

Robert Graves (1895-1985), On English Poetry (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1922), pp. 82-83:
There was once an old Italian portrait painter, who coming to the end of his life, gathered his friends and pupils together and revealed to them a great discovery he had made, as follows:—

"The art of portrait painting consists in putting the High Lights in exactly the right place in the eyes."

When I come to my death-bed I have a similarly important message to deliver:—

"The art of poetry consists in knowing exactly how to manipulate the letter S."

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