Poem with Four Epigraphs
The world rings with praise -- lovers praising their mistresses, readers their favourite poet, walkers praising the countryside, players praising their favourite game -- praise of weather, wines, dishes, actors, motors, horses, colleges, countries, historical personages, children, flowers, mountains, rare stamps, rare beetles, even sometimes politicians or scholars. I had not noticed how the humblest, and at the same time most balanced and capacious, minds, praised most, while the cranks, misfits and malcontents praised least. The good critics found something to praise in many imperfect works; the bad ones continually narrowed the list of books we might be allowed to read. The healthy and unaffected man, even if luxuriously brought up and widely experienced in good cookery, could praise a very modest meal: the dyspeptic and the snob found fault with all.
C. S. Lewis
a bas A Bas
E. E. Cummings
It is a curiosity of literature how often what one says of another seems applicable to oneself.
He whose face gives no light, shall never become a star.
those who embrace
those who praise
Poetry by Thomas DeFreitas
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Written on 2019-03-24 at 13:14
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