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FIT TO BE CALLED READING
by Robert Louis Stevenson
In anything fit to be called
by the name of reading,
the process itself
we should gloat over a book,
clean out of ourselves
and rise from the perusal,
with the busiest,
kaleidoscopic dance of images,
incapable of sleep
or of continuous thought.
if the book be eloquent,
should run thenceforth in our ears like the noise of
and the story,
if it be a story,
repeat itself in a thousand coloured pictures
to the eye.
from Memories and Portraits, but found in The Pocket R. L. S. : Being Favourite Passages From the Works of Stevenson, New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1922
Thank you, AJ, for sharing this passage-turned-poem (by me) in your little leather-bound 1922 collection of R. L. S. quotes and passages.
Here are a couple of links from some recent discussions about the love of reading:
Alan Jacobs in The Journal of Higher Education
and a response from
Donalyn Miller at Education Week.
Where do you stand on the love of reading?
Today, the Poetry Friday Round Up is at Dori Reads.