The Perfect Writer

Whitman asks too much of human words, but he asks it well:

A perfect writer would make words sing, dance, kiss, do the male and female act, bear children, weep, bleed, rage, stab, steal, fire cannon, steer ships, sack cities, charge with cavalry or infantry, or do anything that man or woman or the natural powers can do. (Lewis Hyde, The Gift, pages 346-347)

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