A world detached from the necessity of recording it / Nature is the hint to composition.

December 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

The writer of imagination would find himself released from observing things for the purpose of writing them down later. He would be there to enjoy, to taste, to engage the free world, not a world which he carries like a bag of food, always fearful lest he drop something or someone get more than he.

A world detached from the necessity of recording it, sufficient to itself, removed from him (as it most certainly is) with which he has bitter and delicious relations and from which he is independent — moving at will from one thing to another — as he pleases, unbound — complete

and the unique proof of this is the work of the imagination not “like” anything but transfused with the same forces which transfuse the earth — at least one small part of them.

Nature is the hint to composition not because it is familiar to us and therefore the terms we apply to it have a least common denominator quality which gives them currency — but because it posesses the quality of independent existence, of reality which we feel in ourselves. It is opposed to art but apposed to it.

— William Carlos Williams, Spring and All, 1923.

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