Thursday, April 23, 2015
Hey Jay-Z!

Blackmur's criticism of Pound's want of "originality of substance," cited in Berryman's "Poetry of Ezra Pound" (1949) & Berryman's tart demolition of same: "[O]ur literary criticism...even at its best is inclined to forget it and act as if originality were not regularly a matter of degree in works where it is worth assessing at all.  A difficulty is that modern critics spend much of their time in the perusal of writing that really is more or less original, and negligible."

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