Competing Views of Truth to Nature

Robert Graves
On English Poetry

LV – The Art of Expression
[ends with the following charming anecdote of antithesis]

Mr. Edmund Blunden lately called my attention to a message from Keats to John Clare sent through their common publisher, Taylor. Keats thought that Clare’s “Images from Nature” were “too much introduced without being called for by a particular sentiment.” Clare, in reply, is troubled that Keats shows the usual inaccuracies of the townsman when treating of nature, and that when in doubt he borrows from the Classics and is too inclined to see “behind every bush a thrumming Apollo.”

Being there. Soaking it in. Names are but touchstones to get back there.

And so for day 2459

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