I like this aesthetic amalgam proposed by Harold Bloom – another high-held yardstick by which to measure quality of writing.  Including my own, for which here is my self-report: ‘Falls far short of a bar high set’.  Or ‘aims high, falls short’.

And if you missed other Key Penmanship Indicators, here they are: one or two, buckle my shoe.

‘One breaks into the canon only by aesthetic strength, which is constituted primarily of an amalgam: mastery of figurative language, originality, cognitive power, knowledge, exuberance of diction.’

Source: The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages, Harold Bloom (London: Macmillan, 1995), p. 29


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