Harold Bloom: What is Most Important?



“What is the most important activity in life?”
“Reading. Especially Shakespeare, Milton, Chaucer, and Dante, or for that matter, Cervantes, Leopardi, Jane Austen, and George Eliot. And rereading. Go outside somewhere, particularly if it’s poetry, and read it out loud to yourself so you’re not bothering anybody else, at a distance from others, and listen to it. Give it a home in yourself. I think the only thing I’ve been able to achieve in almost two thirds of a century of teaching is the feeling that somehow at very good moments as I teach or as I listen to my students speak to one another, I and they are inside the poem, or we are inside the play, or we are inside the novel, and that is magnificent.”

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