Friday, May 13, 2011

No Secret Self

Romantic, as Yeats says, a discipline: Each divines the secret self of the other, and refusing to believe in the mere daily self, creates a mirror where the lover or the beloved sees an image to copy in daily life. — Jacques Barzun, Stendhal on Love, The Energies of Art, Vintage Edition, 1961, p. 111

It is your mere daily self in Early Summer that I love, the corporeal self in Late Spring and Tokyo Story who needs no mirror.

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