Tuesday, February 03, 2009

The Art of Reading. Communion


"But there were times when Miss Keough all but confided that the requirements of knowing the code of Literature were tedious; and there were other times when—even among these things we were supposed to read—she would present some poem or story as if it belonged, not to a reading list but to her own life...This poem "Heat" by H.D. we understood was offered so. It belonged not to the order of poems and stories that we must know all about if we were to be accomplished students. It belonged to the second order that seemed to contain a personal revelation. It was the ground for a possible deeper communion."

Robert Duncan, The H.D. Book.

2 comments:

Id it is said...

That is undeniably one of the most luring facet of reading that is allows for the reader to vicariously partake in experiences far beyond his tangible reach. Reading frees, and it helps overcome barriers of time and distance in a seamless fashion.

Eshuneutics said...

I feel that Duncan expresses a basic objection of many students (and myself in the distant past) that reading is learning a code and what it is advisable for a person to like. Any value often came from the unplanned and unexpected lesson, the one where a glimmer of the unusual appeared and a sense that the unusual reader was allowed to exist.