Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Essay: "Sanity of True Genius." Charles Lamb.

One-minute review: Genius is not allied with insanity. Genius lives by dreams that can be incoherent in sleep, but, when the genius awakes, are shaped by judgment and tested by reality. The genius creates—which implies shaping and consistency—his poetry out of these dreams. The poet turns life into a dream.

Comment: Interesting thought. RayS.

Great Essays. Ed. Houston Peterson. New York: Washington Square Press, Inc. 1960.

What is an essay? “They are all prefaces. A preface is nothing but a talk with the reader; and they [essays] do nothing else.” Charles Lamb.

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