the end of literature.

September 3, 2011

I am not afraid,
to challenge my heroes,
and sully their art,
with my own perceptions.

Their faults we cherish,
and memorialize their flaws,
but I am to be ashamed,
of my own creative blemish?

If be it my beloveds,
wanted untouched legacy,
it was in their error,
to have left themselves behind.

That which cannot be improved upon,
must be  interpreted,
so I’ve no hesitation,
to stand on their foundations.

If we cannot reinvent the classics,
this is the end of literature,
for all which needs saying,
has been already perfectly said.

Our admired hold such honor,
and are glorified for it,
as I step on their toes and,
I am not afraid.

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22 Responses to “the end of literature.”

  1. hmmm you won’t be liked much for this one by the lovers of old world/style/form poetry for sure.

    I understand the sentiment though 🙂

    enjoy gooseberry day!

    http://lynnaima.wordpress.com/2011/09/05/square-one/

  2. I love it, and I agree with the sentiment. Very nicely done!

  3. Morning said

    it is hard to speak for truth at times, bravo,

    well done.

  4. You speak for all the creators.

  5. A.B. Thomas said

    I am truly enamoured with the classics yet I think you quite astutely put the creative side of building over the old with the new – loved it

    • Fountains said

      At risk of sounding like a hypocrite, there are classics which, to me, are perfection -but that doesn’t mean the author wrote without flaws. Nor would I literally reinvent them, but think we must absorb and internalize these classics and feel that it is appropriate for them to be reflected and mutated in contemporary works.

  6. swanrose said

    I like this as a person who is actually not well versed in the classics. I do believe we have been asking the same questions forever….

  7. Human emotions don’t change. So no one can lay a claim to absolute originality. It’s the way you tell it that counts. If you can touch another heart with your words, that’s all that matters.

  8. D.S. Jones said

    This is your time. This is the time for your one true sentence.

say something to me.

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