Envoi—Of Legendary Time

From the last chapter of The Civil War in Spain, “Envoi—Of Legendary Time” by Ralph Bates.

“I felt the past as a living thing, the pastness of which I regretted.”

“I felt then that the sense of the passing of time and of past time was one of the principal sources of poetry.”

“The melancholy of past time gets into every image which occurs to me.”

And yet he also said, later in his life (he lived to be 101):

“I have always been able to live with enthusiasm in whatever present I found myself.”

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