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Enthusiastic Persons at a Distance

"I admit that my own experience, as a minor poet, may have jaundiced my outlook; that I am used to having cosmic significances, which I never suspected, extracted from my work (such as it is) by enthusiastic persons at a distance; and to being informed that something which I meant seriously is vers de société; and to having my personal biography reconstructed from passages which I got out of books, or which I invented out of nothing because they sounded well; and to having my biography invariably ignored in what I did write from personal experience; so that in consequence I am inclined to believe that people are mistaken about Shakespeare just in proportion to the relative superiority of Shakespeare to myself."

T. S. Eliot

Shakespeare and the Stoicism of Seneca

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Milton: A Limerick

 

It is said that John Milton was Blind

And the world that he served was Unkind

So he waited to See

Standing Gloriously

For he couldn’t go blind in the Mind

 

Illustration by Seba Armstrong via Shutterstock.com

 

 

 

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