Monday, 2 April 2007

Hmmm, Mr Auden

Just read this:

Behind the work of any creative artist there are three principal wishes:

the wish to make something

the wish to perceive something, either in the external world of sense or in the internal world of feeling

the wish to communicate those perceptions to others.

Those who have no interest in or talent for making something, ie: no skill in a particular artistic medium do not become artists; they dine out, they gossip at street corners, the hold forth in cafes.*

Those who have no interest in communication do not become artists either. They become mystics or madmen.

W H Auden

* and in (internet) cafes!

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