David Jones, artist and poet (1895-1974) begins his PREFACE TO THE ANATHEMATA :

'I have made a heap of all that I could find.' (1) So wrote Nennius, or whoever composed the introductory matter to Historia Brittonum. He speaks of an 'inward wound' which was caused by the fear that certain things dear to him 'should be like smoke dissipated'. Further, he says, 'not trusting my own learning, which is none at all, but partly from writings and monuments of the ancient inhabitants of Britain, partly from the annals of the Romans and the chronicles of the sacred fathers, Isidore, Hieronymous, Prosper, Eusebius and from the histories of the Scots and Saxons although our enemies . . . I have lispingly put together this . . . about past transactions, that [this material] might not be trodden under foot'. (2)

(1) The actual words are coacervavi omne quod inveni, and occur in Prologue 2 to the Historia.
(2) Quoted from the translation of Prologue 1. See The Works of Gildas and Nennius, J.A.Giles, London 1841.

20 September 2017

Let us look upon fine Phrases like a Laugher.

Letters of John Keats to His Family and Friends, by John Keats

110. — To Benjamin Bailey.

[Fragment (Outside Sheet) Of A Letter Addressed To Bailey At St. Andrews. Winchester, August 15, 1819.

I am convinced more and more every day that (excepting the human friend Philosopher), a fine writer is the most genuine Being in the World. Shakspeare and the paradise Lost every day become greater wonders to me. I look upon fine Phrases like a Lover.

 Fukurokuju Laughing at dot/point/matrix/text/scroll/Regard
 Kiyonari Muneaki 1588-1662 and Kiyonari Muneaki 1588-1662


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