Sunday, January 18, 2009

Sometimes I Need Reminding



When I opened the curtains in my office today, one of the many little notecards I have taped up around my desk gave up on its tape and fluttered down. After struggling with a new poem yesterday, I needed this reminder from Keats:

"I mean Negative Capability, that is when man is capable of being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact & reason."

Sometimes I need reminding that the poem should be allowed to make what leaps are in it to be made and that I might beat the beauty from it if I lean too hard towards reason.

2 comments:

Megan Chapman said...

"...that I might beat the beauty from it if I lean too hard towards reason."

This of course pertains to painting as well. Always good to be reminded.

Sandy Longhorn said...

Megan,

Thanks for making the connection!