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12/18/2007

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bdr

Here's a link to Frost's "Woodpile"

http://www.bartleby.com/118/16.html

which Anthony Hecht taught me (at Georgetown) was Frost's meditation of canons personal and universal, the pursuit of each, the superiority of the first over the second, and the futility of each.

Lloyd Mintern

You sound like you are fundamentally indifferent to the whole process, and believe in some kind of silent evolution of literature, where greatness just rises to its own level, and sits there in a swamp. In reality, the past is held together by writers of the present (known and unknown) who deploy language that is inherently referential, and deferential, to this past. Nothing stays, in memory, or in literature, without continuous revelation.

Dan Green

"the past is held together by writers of the present (known and unknown) who deploy language that is inherently referential, and deferential, to this past."

That's probably correct, although I'm not sure about the inherently "deferential" part. Still, it doesn't have much to do with the point of my post.

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