It strikes me as interesting to find this thought in Byron. To see words as
"things" is quite near to an understanding of poetry developed much later.
Williams will, for example describe a poem as a "machine made of words".
This is of course not implied in Byron, but still, the idea to see words "as
such", as material instances, is to be found there.
Gunnar: Where is the quote take from? I suspect it to be from the later
phase of his
writing, in which he distanced himself quite a lot from romantic notions of
Anyway, I thought I might add a little something to the list of quotes:
again written by my favorite poet:
William Carlos Williams
A sort of a song
Let the snake wait under
and the writing
be of words, slow and quick, sharp
to strike, quiet to wait,
-- through metaphor to reconcile
the people and the stones.
Compose. (no ideas
but in things.) Invent !
Saxifrage is my flower that splits
----- Original Message -----
From: Gunnar Jauch
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Sent: Friday, October 18, 2002 10:02 PM
Subject: WORDS ALONE
Things are awfully quiet on the list.
Here's something I have picked up and thought it might be worthy to
pass on to y'all:
Words are things; and a small drop of ink / Falling like dew upon a
produces / That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.
Words strain,/Crack and sometimes break...