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Thursday, 29 November 2007

Chesterton as Artist

"As I am". "As I would like to be".


Neil Welton said...

Speak for yourself Beavers.

Speak for yourself.


Scott said...


Incidentally, I have the Folio Society's new edition of his Poems. Lepanto... wow. I must have read it a thousand times in my life; and know it by heart; but how it makes the civilised heart swell, and the brain explode, and the spine stiffen manfully.


Beaverbrook said...

I'm not sure if Scott's question mark is for Neil's comment or my post.

Yes, Chesterton stands at the top of the heap of the great thinkers. I'm not supportive of some of his views regarding the 'tyranny of tradition', but any time I need a good laugh, I reach for one of his quotes. I got a good chuckle from these two sketches of his though, so much so that I needed to post it. Just love his impossible benchmarking against the proud tower to the right, and how he uses it to reflect a funny and humble portrayal of himself.

"The comedy of man survives the tragedy of man" indeed.

Neil Welton said...

To me the funny and humble portrayal indicates a man who is more interesting, colourful and human than the proud tower.

So, not all bad news - for Beavers anyway.