“I keep coming back to the statement… (Heaney)

“I keep coming back to the statement because it gets at the truth. It’s another way of accounting for the fact that, if a poem is any good, you can repeat it to yourself as if it were written by somebody else. The completedness frees you from it and it from you. You can read and reread it without feeling self-indulgent: whatever it was in you that started the writing has got beyond you. The unwritten poem is always going to be entangled with your own business, part of your accident and incoherence – which is what drives you to write. But once the poem gets written, it is, in a manner of speaking, none of your business.” ~ Seamus Heaney

5 thoughts on ““I keep coming back to the statement… (Heaney)

      1. Awe, thank you for this reply then ! Funnily enough, another blogger that I’ve known for awhile just posted about how intimate and important the connections we have with people on the blogosphere based on comments and this happened ! Life’s funny that way (:

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      2. I love that!
        I’ve met some of my best friends through blogging. And I know how short on time everyone is, so I’m always very appreciative when friends and readers take time to share their thoughts.
        Hope you’ve been doing well. ❤️❤️

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