Robert Browning





Brief an John Ruskin
10. Dezember 1855



"Do you think poetry was ever generally understood — or can be? Is the business of it to tell people what they know already, as they know it, and so precisely that they shall be able to cry out — 'Here you should supply this — that, you evidently pass over, and I'll help you from my own stock'? It is all teaching, on the contrary, and the people hate to be taught. They say otherwise, — make foolish fables about Orpheus enchanting stocks and stones, poets standing up and being worshipped, — all nonsense and impossible dreaming. A poet's affair is with God, to whom he is accountable, and of whom is his reward: look elsewhere, and you find misery enough.





W. G. Collingwood: The Life and Work of John Ruskin.
With Portraits and Other Illustrations in Two Volumes.
Vol. 1. London: Methuen & Co. 1893, S. 199-202.

Unser Auszug: S. 201.

Die Textwiedergabe erfolgt nach dem ersten Druck (Editionsrichtlinien).



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