The danger of descending into the self, for poet as well as artist, is
that you might never come back out; to succeed, you must do it in such a way
that the self you explore stands for all selves. I admire Dürer immensely.
Not only did he risk criticism in opening the subject matter of art to include the
self, but he also had a tremendous feeling for creatures (the hare, the baby
owl, squirrels, crabs) for things (weeds, flowers), for other people, for
science - in short, for the rich world outside the self. His vision is broad
and timeless. Audio Reading.
From Blue-Eyed Grass: Poems of Germany.|
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