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Look What Benjamin Learned in School Today... [Sep. 14th, 2009|01:13 pm]
Benjamin Hayward
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    Today, I finally realized that early written work was built upon a tradition of poorly argued points and badly articulated ideas. The writers of history weren't the most intelligent their time had to offer; they were the people who could afford a leisurely lifestyle of studying facts and offering their opinions. An English Literature university course going anywhere further back than a century is the study of bad writers influencing bad writers. Skilled writers in such courses are like gemstones buried beneath mounds of dirt.

[User Picture]From: gwydian
2009-09-15 06:57 am (UTC)
Haha! Well said and quite true. I wouldn't be so inclined to agree that newer literature is really a whole lot different. Having the leisure to spend one's time pondering and postulating, and then scribing your results is only one part of getting recognition of your time spent doing so.

I might not say bad writers inspiring bad writers, perhaps I might just say writers inspiring writers. To be fair I've read some old books in school that I could see having been written by one of the most talented writers of that period...
...though, unfortunately, sometimes we are fed the literary equivalent of a turd log, and told that it is an Oh Henry.

However, I must say I enjoy the forced need to differentiate the two on my own, and the freedom to argue that one is the other with someone, without the winning retort being: "It wouldn't be studied in school if it wasn't a good piece of literature."
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