On another thread, I quoted a couple of sentence's from Ruskin about the difference between books for a day and books for all time.
Attached is a longer excerpt from SESAME AND LILIES -- including those lines.
It's not about POETRY, but it's about what to read, and how... questions that come up over and over again on this forum.
Yes, generally a wise man, Mr Ruskin. An art critic as well. Whistler once successfully (though at great cost) sued him for libel over comments made about one of his (Whistler's) paintings:
"The ill-educated conceit of the artist ... approached the aspect of willful imposture, . . . I have seen, and heard, much of Cockney impudence before now; but never expected to hear a coxcomb ask two hundred guineas for flinging a pot of paint in the public's face."
"ask two hundred guineas for flinging a pot of paint in the public's face"
Reminds me of a great line from THE WEST WING.
A critic of the NEA was reading a list of projects she considered unworthy of funding from the public pocket: "... $20,000 to a woman who's performances involve covering her naked body with chocolate! Fifteen hundred dollars to a young man whose project was burning his personal belongings in front of a bookstore in Berkeley."
Sam Seaborn happened to walk through the room as she was reading the last example, and he said, "I've done that a few times. I didn't realize there was funding available." And left.
(I'm waiting patiently for an opportunity to use that line in real life!)