Ars Poetica

“But that is poetry you are talking about.”

“No. It is much more difficult than poetry. It is a prose that has never been written. But it can be written, without tricks and without cheating. With nothing that will go bad afterwards.”

“And why has it not been written?”

“Because there are too many factors. First, there must be talent, much talent. Talent such as Kipling had. Then there must be discipline. The discipline of Flaubert. Then there must be the conception of hat it can be and an absolute conscience as unchanging as the standard meter in Paris, to prevent faking.  Then the writer must be intelligent and disinterested and above all he must survive. Try to get all these in one person and have him come through all the influences that press on a writer. The hardest thing, because time is short, is for him to survive and get his work done. but I would like us to have such a writer and to read what he would write.”

Ernest Hemingway, Green Hills of Africa

Author: santiagowills

Journalist, writer and reader...

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