Thursday, June 23, 2011

"All a poet can do is warn."

Welcome to the Literary Blog Hop
hosted by The Blue Bookcase!

This week's prompt: 
 Should literature have a social, political, or any other type of agenda?
Does having a clear agenda enhance or detract from its literary value?

My reply:

"To have something to say is
a question of...endless(ly) trying
to dig out the essential truth, the essential justice."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

"The artist is not a person endowed with free will
who seeks his own ends,
but one who allows art
to realize its supreme purpose through him.
- Carl Jung

"We are a species that needs and wants to understand who we are.
Sheep lice do not seem to share this longing,
which is one reason why they write so little."
- Anne Lamott

"Remarks are not literature."
- Gertrude Stein
"All a poet can do is warn."
- Wilfred Owen

"All that I hope to say in books,
all that I ever hope to say,
 is that I love the world."
— E.B. White

This blog hop is open to blogs
that primarily feature book reviews of literary fiction,
classic literature, and general literary discussion.


Lena said...

I think a writer should write to please himself, even if what he says only makes sense to him. Readers/public can be fickle. Its best to just be you and if you're interesting, hopefully you will have something interesting to say.

Loni said...

The quotes are an excellent way to answer this week's prompt. I especially like the one from Jung. Thanks!

parrish lantern said...

Some great quotes, here's another-
“We come into the world intent on finding narrative in everything, in the landscape, in the skies, in the faces of others, and, of course, in the images and words that our species create”. - Alberto Manguel.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Yes, we are always looking for narrative. Nice quote.

mel u said...

Some very thought inspiring quotes

CHE said...

"remarks are no literature" Such a great quote. Its all about the story. These quotes were a great way to answer this question.

Listener said...

I love the way you answered this question. It's interesting to see what some of the great writers thought about this subject. Thanks for visiting me over at Free Listens.

Pepca said...

"The artist is not a person endowed with free will
who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art
to realize its supreme purpose through him." I fell very close to this quote. And I do think a writer must write from him/herself, for his/her own fulfillment.

LBC said...

Great quotes. I particularly like the Jung and the Anne Lamott. I do think that writing is a humanistic pursuit, and a search for truth, even if it is just the truth of a moment.

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TheBookGirl said...

A work that hits me over the head with a message, be it political or social, may be a worthy one, but will, I fear be a distracting one for me.

Hope your mom is doing okay.

Cozy in Texas said...

It's okay to have an agenda. Reader's will decide whether they like it or not based on all aspects.

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Sandra said...

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Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Awww, nice, Sandra. Thank you.

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

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Julie @ Knitting and Sundries said...

I love the quotes you chose, and while I do enjoy interesting social commentary in novels, whether explicit or implied, sometimes it's good simply to read for the entertainment value :)

ConnieGirl said...

Interesting quotes! Not sure I agree with all of them, but they definitely give one lots to think about. Thanks for joining in the hop!