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The Blue Guitar

The man bent over his guitar,
A shearsman of sorts. The day was green.

They said "You have a blue guitar,
You do not play things as they are."

The man replied, "Things as they are
Are changed upon the blue guitar."

And they said then, "But play, you must,
A tune beyond us, yet ourselves,

A tune upon the blue guitar
Of things exactly as they are."

(Wallace Stevens)


A young poet asked the giant, not only of Argentine literature, the universally lauded writer Jorge Luis Borges if he could pay him a visit. The great man was by then advanced in years, blind, decrepit and close to death. The answer was, yes. The meeting took place and the young man told his host some details of his troubled youth. Reading Borges, he said, had helped him to face life and survive. What Borges tells his young visitor is very moving for there is no hint of arrogance or condescension whatever.
    The task of art is to transform what is continuously happening to us, to transform all these things into symbols, into music, into something that can last in man’s memory. That is our duty. If we don’t fulfil it we feel unhappy. A writer or any artist has the sometimes joyful duty to transform all that into symbols. These symbols could be colours, forms or sounds. For a poet, the symbols are sounds and also words, fables, stories, poetry.

    The work of a poet never ends. It has nothing to do with working hours. You are continually receiving things from the external world. These must be transformed and eventually will be transformed. The revelation can appear any time. A poet never rests. He is always working even when he dreams.

    Besides, the life of a writer is a lonely one. You think you are alone and as the years go by if the stars are on your side you may discover that you are at the centre of a vast circle of invisible friends whom you will never get to know but who love you and that is an immense reward.
I guess the young poet would never forget that meeting.

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