Thursday, February 02, 2006

"Perfect as the real natural world appears to be here, it contains the seeds of its own destruction, as would love, by extension, in the real world. Ideal dream love is superior:

But who shall tell the dream?
A perfect sunlight
On rustling forest tips;
Or perfect moonlight
Upon a rippling stream;
Or perfect silence,
Or song of cherished lips.

(Poems, 1:123) "

Taken from Love and the Ideal by Anthony H. Harrison, Professor of English, North Carolina State University.