An incisive summary of the effect of Irish writers on English literature; I liked the English-rose-pruning metaphor and the ‘frank impiety’ of their robust influence.
See Borges also on the illusion of definitive texts.
‘(Irish writers) … made deep incursions into the territory of English letters, pruning all rhetorical exuberance with frank impiety. Jonathan Swift acted like a corrosive acid on the elation of human hope.’
Source: Jorge Luis Borges, On Writing (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 2010), p. 11
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