In a message dated Thu, 30 Aug 2001 10:03:47 AM Eastern Daylight Time, Marcia Karp <[log in to unmask]> writes:
> Dear Tom,
. . Here's a bit of how W H Auden considered your field in relation to all other activities ... .
> Law, say the gardeners, is the sun,
> Others say, Law is our Fate,
> And always the loud angry crowd,
> Very angry and very loud,
> Law is Me.
> And always the soft idiot softly Me.
> [From "Law Like Love"]
> It is a beautiful poem, and characteristically for Auden, is compassionate in the face of knowledge that turns others towards contempt or despair.
> Having changed the direction of the discussion, I'd like to change it again, back towards Ken's post to join him in praising Jennifer's essay.
That's wonderful. I'll have to look up the full text. May even be able to cite it in a brief sometime . . . at the risk of debasing it.