Broadening my horizons recently I decided to pick up The Waste Land and Other Poems by T.S. Elliot. In all honesty, I enjoyed it, at least what I understood. The parts I didn’t understand I’m sure I’ll return to eventually with a better understanding and appreciation for the literature. At least that’s my hope.
I’m not here to discuss Elliot’s prose or literary prowess. I have no authority or education in that matter. I want to share a quote from the introduction by Frank Kermode that stood out to me, it reads as follows:
“And as Wordsworth, citing Coleridge, remarked, “every great and original writer, in proportion as he is great and original, must himself create the taste by which he is to be relished…”
I’ve been thinking on the topic of this sentence for a few weeks now, so I thought I would share. Hopefully this quote will inspire or motivate.
Thank you for taking the time to read.