Only Abandoned

“A work is never completed except by some accident such as weariness, satisfaction, the need to deliver, or death: for, in relation to who or what is making it, it can only be one stage in a series of inner transformations.”  ~Paul Valéry

I actually prefer W.H. Auden’s much shorter paraphrase of the above quote:

“A poem is never finished; it is only abandoned. “

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  1. So true!

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  2. Perhaps WH never finished a poem but, as for my own, they come through in about the time it takes to write them down, and definitely, definitely complete.

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  3. amazing work

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