auden and cycles

auden said, ‘Organic growth is a cyclical process; it is just as true to say that the oak is a potential acorn as it is to say the acorn is a potential oak. But the process of writing a poem, of making any art object, is not cyclical but a motion in one direction toward a definite end.’ (W.H. Auden, The Dyer’s Hand).

what if auden’s equating cycles with circles? what if it’s both? true, in linearity, you may have originality, something novel, but you also have/need the form, the pattern–a sonnet, the villanova, for example–which is cyclical.

organic growth and artistry, then, are both a leapfrog process of linearity and cyclicality.

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