Who Needs Poets? An article by Jorge Luis Borges…

A brilliant, short article from May 8, 1971, by Jorge Luis Borges. Borges remains one of my favourite authors, no doubt… He was deeply rooted in his own geography, yet his writing is universal… One of the first poems I wrote, The Rose of Algiers / La Rose d’Alger / Alzirska Ruza, was inspired by his writing…


“The poet’s trade, the writer’s trade, is a strange one. Chesterton said: “Only one thing is needful–everything.” To a writer this everything is more than an encompassing word; it is literal. It stands for the chief, for the essential, human experiences. For example, a writer needs loneliness, and he gets his share of it. He needs love, and he gets shared and also unshared love. He needs friendship. In fact, he needs the universe. To be a writer is, in a sense, to be day-dreamer–to be living a kind of double life.”



One thought on “Who Needs Poets? An article by Jorge Luis Borges…

  1. Rapidement: le jeune Borges découvrant le Nouveau Monde est amené à poser en fait les questions essentielles concernant la création littéraire laquelle pose le problème de la réalisation complète de son être, problème posé à chaque humain, qu’il en ait conscience ou pas …Réalisation de soi qui ne peut avoir lieu que si l’on comprend ou cherche à comprendre le monde dans lequel nous vivons….enfin ces réflexions ont surgi après avoir lu cet extrait de Borges que j’aime et qui a évolué en vieillissant…


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