Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Great Regulars: [Ezra Pound] did not carefully weigh evidence

and, in any case, his evidence came from the imagination and from mythology, not from the reality-based world of the historian. That this led him astray is not surprising--poetry is powerful stuff--many poets have been led astray and great art has often been produced by people we would now find very nasty. I'm not sure I would accept a dinner invitation from Carvaggio, I'd be scared. The questions are: does the wickedness affect the art? And, therefore, can there be no separation of the aesthetic and the autobiographical?

from Bryan Appleyard: The Sunday Times: The Evil That Men Do


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