Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Kierkegaard on criticism...

Soren Kierkegaard introduces us to Phalaris who tortured people within bronzed bull that had a fire put under it. The cries of anguish to Phalaris the sound of a bull in his macabre entertainment. He heard what he wanted to hear and didn't hear what he didn't want to hear.

On criticism Kierkegaard says:

"I would rather be a swineherd understood by the swine, than a poet misunderstood by men..."

1 comment:

Eleanor Burne-Jones said...

Speaking from a rural community, I understand what he's saying, but think life for the farmer would only be easier up to a point - ?