Publication Year

1986

Keywords

Poetry, literature, writing, English, time, writing process

Disciplines

Comparative Literature | English Language and Literature | Poetry | Technical and Professional Writing

Abstract

The answer to the old question, :Why does one write," is almost unacceptably simple, for to admit it would be to quelch further inquiry and reduce knowledge to its true--futile--form: one writes because one writes. All other reasons are secondary rationalizations, though rather pleasant to believe anyway. It is not a very difficult leap of reasoning to equivocate this to the question of why one writes in the style one does, and what exactly this style is. To claim to have a less obscure answer would be to claim the impossible; to escape the confines of one's own consciousness in order to study it, to claim an intimacy of knowledge that no one could have, and to arrest all motion. As for influences, assuming for convenience that certain writers were singled out, one would be tempted to paraphrase Faulkner: a man is the sum of his failures.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

English: Literature and Writing

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