This line from a poem concerns being and being written or heard about.  If it isn’t written (and presumably, read) or told (and presumably, heard), it cannot fully be. I don’t believe I fully agree but it’s something to think about.

‘… what

is neither written by hand nor heard by ear

is never wholly so.’


Source: ‘Memini’, Kevin Crossley-Holland,The Breaking Hour (London: Enitharmon Press, 2015), p. 23

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