Tuesday, 21 March 2000

From "Don't Start Me Talking"

I’m not even sure the Mallarmé one is by Mallarmé, but they’ve been floating round my head long enough to have become part of the furniture:

The most sublime word we possess is the word ‘like’ (Breton)
‘Like’ – the very word should be struck from the language (Mallarmé)


If you’re used to paying close attention to the way language works as you move from word to word in a poem, analogy and metaphor start to look like incredibly lazy substitutes for transformation.

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