Letter: Gibran defended
Tuesday 11 August 1998
No doubt if we got our just deserts we would all deserve whipping but let she who is without sin strike the first blow. As Sir George Pickering remarked in another context, any serious attempt at creative work is worth more than all the destructive criticism than can be made of it.
That much of what Kahlil had to say can no doubt be classed as platitudinous merely demonstrates that he had arrived at new ways of stating old truths - the most that any ordinary poet can aspire to, and surely preferable to the pointless mishmash of incoherent images that characterises most of the modern verse printed by The Independent.
PROF JOHN A DAVIS
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