Wednesday, 14 February 2007
Auden wrote 'the dead we miss are easier/to talk to than the living'. But this isn't right, or else it's right as a deliberate hyper-correctness, that we miss the dead when we direct words at them. That's not talking; it's monologuing; of course they cannot reply. And its not the dead to whom we talk; it's ourselves, of course, of course.