Poets' Paradox

by Peter Saint-Andre

Hearken how he says, in verse,
That poets always lie — or, worse,
To their everlasting shame
They ever vie for petty fame.

Their unbounded vanity
Will lead them far from purity;
They live not the holy writ
Whose deed is but to utter it.

(The Birth of Tragedy, ยง7)

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