Who’s Afraid of I. A. Richards?

 

A critic is a great thing to behold.

Are they not the priests of all art?

Can they not summon great meaning

from the daimon hibernating in its art?

 

The artist needs the critic as much as

he needs the daimon. It’s the critic who

chases on the heels of the artist,

always keeping up with his pace.

 

A good critic will be close behind,

but a great critic will have struck out

ahead of the artist, calling back to him,

urging him to hurry up already.


R. Charboneau

 

Artwork: I. A. Richards on the Alps (1930)