Monday, June 2, The Writer's Duty This blog is set up to help you to clarify your interpretations of two important American authors' ideas about the duty of the writer or poet. Please read Faulkner's speech and enter a blog comment on what he seems to think writers should try to do through their work.
Be sure to cite phrases from the speech that led you to reach this conclusion. You may want to comment more than once after reading your classmates' responses. I feel that this award was not made to me as a man, but to my work - a life's work in the agony and sweat of the human spirit, not for glory and least of all for profit, but to create out of the materials of the human spirit something which did not exist before.
So this award is only mine in trust. It will not be difficult to find a dedication for the money part of it commensurate with the purpose and significance of its origin. But I would like to do the same with the acclaim too, by using this moment as a pinnacle from which I might be listened to by the young men and women already dedicated to the same anguish and travail, among whom is already that one who will some day stand here where I am standing.
Our tragedy today is a general and universal physical fear so long sustained by now that we can even bear it. There are no longer problems of the spirit.
There is only the question: When will I be blown up?
Because of this, the young man or woman writing today has forgotten the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself which alone can make good writing because only that is worth writing about, worth the agony and the sweat. He must learn them again. He must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid; and, teaching himself that, forget it forever, leaving no room in his workshop for anything but the old verities and truths of the heart, the old universal truths lacking which any story is ephemeral and doomed - love and honor and pity and pride and compassion and sacrifice.
Until he does so, he labors under a curse. He writes not of love but of lust, of defeats in which nobody loses anything of value, of victories without hope and, worst of all, without pity or compassion. His griefs grieve on no universal bones, leaving no scars.
He writes not of the heart but of the glands. Until he relearns these things, he will write as though he stood among and watched the end of man. I decline to accept the end of man. It is easy enough to say that man is immortal simply because he will endure: I refuse to accept this.
I believe that man will not merely endure: He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. The poet's, the writer's, duty is to write about these things.
It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past.
The poet's voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail. Once you have commented on Faulkner's speech, read Steinbeck's and comment on it. I thank the Swedish Academy for finding my work worthy of this highest honor.
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In my heart there may be doubt that I deserve the Nobel award over other men of letters whom I hold in respect and reverence - but there is no question of my pleasure and pride in having it for myself.
It is customary for the recipient of this award to offer personal or scholarly comment on the nature and the direction of literature.
At this particular time, however, I think it would be well to consider the high duties and the responsibilities of the makers of literature. Such is the prestige of the Nobel award and of this place where I stand that I am impelled, not to squeak like a grateful and apologetic mouse, but to roar like a lion out of pride in my profession and in the great and good men who have practiced it through the ages.
Literature was not promulgated by a pale and emasculated critical priesthood singing their litanies in empty churches - nor is it a game for the cloistered elect, the tinhorn mendicants of low calorie despair.
Literature is as old as speech. It grew out of human need for it, and it has not changed except to become more needed. The skalds, the bards, the writers are not separate and exclusive. From the beginning, their functions, their duties, their responsibilities have been decreed by our species.The Artist as a Booster of the Human Heart: William Faulkner’s Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech “The poet’s, the writer’s, duty is to help .
The Writer’s Duty: Rhetorical Analysis In December of , William Faulkner was awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature, his acceptance speech titled “The Writer’s Duty”. Faulkner’s post WWII speech targets young writers and persuades them to see the importance of literature.
Published: Mon, 5 Dec “A Rose for Emily”, first published in , has been a reader’s favorite of William Faulkner’s works. The events, accusations, and hardships happening in Faulkner’s life at the time he wrote the story may have greatly affected the writing of “A Rose for Emily”.
William Faulkner in Hollywood. While in New York in the fall of , Faulkner began writing a short story, “Barn Burning,” which would be published in Harper’s the following year.
Information about writer William Faulkner, including a biographical and critical article, a list of published works, and other information resources. all the while balancing a growing family of dependents and impending financial ruin, could Faulkner began another “tour of duty” in Hollywood working with Hawks, this time at 20th.
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