Auden 1 x 0 Yeats

The choice
(W. B. Yeats)

The intellect of man is forced to choose
Perfection of the life, or of the work,
And if it take the second must refuse
A heavenly mansion, raging in the dark.

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The cave of making – Postscript
(W. H. Auden)

Time has taught you
                        how much inspiration
your vices brought you,
                        what imagination
can owe temptation
                        yielded to,
that many a fine
                        expressive line
would not have existed,
                        had you resisted:
as a poet, you
                        know this is true,
and though in Kirk
                        you sometimes pray
to feel contrite,
                        it doesn’t work.
Felix culpa, you say:
                        perhaps you’re right.

You hope, yes,
                        your books will excuse you,
save you from hell:
                        nevertheless,
without looking sad,
                        without in any way
seeming to blame
                        (He doesn’t need to,
knowing well
                        what a lover of art
like yourself pays heed to),
                        God may reduce you
on Judgement Day
                        to tears of shame,
reciting by heart
                        the poems you would
have written, had
                        your life been good.

Autor: Pedro Sette-Câmara

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