Saturday, May 31, 2014

Extraordinary Discourse 175

Voices, Choices

Some parts of the gigantic oeuvre of Walt Whitman remind me of the huge canvases of the masters of Renaissance painting. If, looking at those canvases, we direct our attention to a detail, we discover a multitude of carefully painted small scenes. The same is true in Whitman: there is something like a mosaic, composed of units that are autonomous.
Czeslaw Milosz
A Book Of Luminous Things