Quotation by Marvin Mudrick

Chaucer sawed life in half and out tumbled hundreds of unpremeditated lives, because he didn't have the cast-iron grid of a priori coherence that makes reading Goethe, Shakespeare, or Dante an exercise in searching for signs of life among the conventions, compulsions, self-justifications, proofs, wise saws, simple but powerful messages, and poetry.
Marvin Mudrick (1921–1986), U.S. critic. Books Are Not Life But Then What Is? "The Blind Men and the Elephant," Oxford University Press (1979).
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