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Good advice for literature/art critics… December 13, 2010

Posted by kmcalear in Critiquing.

Hi folks!

I’m taking a brief break from my project at work to say hello. In writing news I wanted to share a bit of advice one of my favorite poets gave me when I had the pleasure of meeting her in Austin! I wish I had taken a picture, I need to get better at that.

She said “Todo acto de crítica es un arte poética.” It was such a nice bit of advice, “All critical activity is a poetic art.” Sometimes as critics I think we forget to also be poets, writers, literature lovers and artists. Writing about art shouldn’t simply be cold, you have to feel a passion for it and seek to make your criticism as well written and flowing as the piece of art/literature you’re analyzing.



1. jackconroy7 - April 15, 2011

I don’t quite agree with this view. Certainly, passion and enthusiasm for good poetry is a pre-requisite for honest criticism but I think, a conscious decision to make ones criticism a artistic entity in itself is distracting from the primary focus of the critique. I do, of course, believe that clarity and precision are essential and, in that sense, the critique should be a pleasure to read.

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