Talk:Stephen Spender

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Why these dreadful, ghastly photos to accompany the quotations? On every level this is vulgar, reductive, whimsical and hugely disrespective to the original words. It is the faux esoteric nature of the rag bag of images chosen that makes me want to hurl. Who chooses these images - and why?: —This unsigned comment is by 92.7.95.8 (talkcontribs) .

You certainly have strong and definite opinions that strike against the very essence of poetry itself and any form of with cynical criticism which presumes itself the measure of ultimate standard all should abjectly bow down to. But everyone, even the most dull and dictatorial of dullards is certainly entitled to have and express their opinions, and to work what works they can — but I find that the best minds seek to praise the best and encourage it, in all its diverse forms, while foulest minds generally work towards destruction of the greatest and the best and most beautiful out of envy and resentment and the plain incapacity and laziness of their minds, habituated as they are to imposing or following the dictates of constrained conformity which can seem quite comfortable to very limited minds. And that is an indication of my opinion. Happy Saint Patrick's Day! ~ Kalki·· 18:29, 17 March 2012 (UTC)
I am afraid I don't understand anything you say, at all. Bluster comes to mind, and for some reason these half remembered words from Chaucer: "Never so bisy a man as he ther nas, And yet he semed bisier than he was." I have a vague idea they may describe your day to day life...
I am also amazed anyone replied so quickly to my query. I really wasn't expecting such an embarrassing display of self conscious exposure. Sorry. —This unsigned comment is by 92.7.95.8 (talkcontribs) .
I happen to be highly active here lately, as I used to be regularly, and I assure you I am quite self conscious in many ways — but not in such ways as actually fear exposure, and there is far more exposure to be done, and I don't much mind criticisms at all —  save when they are accompanied by the will to constrain and limit the rights of others to respond to any. I have much faith in the force of Truth, while I know many rely on the popularity of many rather shallow appearances and habits. My words were ones which involved a swift criticism of criticism — but I acknowledge the right to criticize in various ways, till Truths be found. Unfortunately there are many who take any traces of criticism as excuses to condemn and constrain in forceful ways — and to IMPOSE the dictates of many forms of foul assumptions, and it is against such foul impulses I am currently engaged, at many levels, here and elsewhere. So, much of my passion in the general cause of Liberty gets indicated in even my most mundane defenses of the most trivial uses or slightings of it. Blessings. ~ Kalki·· 19:12, 17 March 2012 (UTC) + tweak
92.7.95.8, I think it would be more helpful on your end to practice a more precise and constructive criticism, for instance by removing/replacing yourself the images you find less appropriate (explaining why) and put them up for discussion. Nemo 14:00, 22 March 2012 (UTC)