Saturday, February 19, 2011

Extraordinary Discourse 004

Literature continues in society the tradition of myth-making, and myth-making has a quality that Levi-Strauss calls bricolage, a putting together of bits and pieces of whatever comes to hand. Long before Levi-Strauss, T.S. Eliot in an essay on Blake uses practically the same image, speaking of Blake's resourceful Robinson Crusoe method of scrambling together a system of thought out of the odds and ends of his reading... I soon realized that Blake was a typical poet in this regard.
Northrop Frye,
intro. to The Great Code