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Seen at Durham University Library, Palace Green

April 2nd, 2009 (11:29 pm)

This quotation caught my attention when in Durham a couple of weeks ago. It's engraved on slate near the library entrance:

Pens are too light;
Take a chisel to write.


I forgot to note it while I was there, but have found it in print. It's from Basil Bunting's poem Briggflats.

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Posted by: brewsternorth (brewsternorth)
Posted at: April 2nd, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
eight/fitz

Reminds me of a poorly-remembered passage from (as memory serves) the EDA The Scarlet Empress, where even the book-loving Eight, finding himself in an alien library, half wishes people would put books together using hammer and chisel, rather than paper and ink.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: April 2nd, 2009 11:17 pm (UTC)

I expect that Paul Magrs knows his poetry.

Posted by: segh (segh)
Posted at: April 3rd, 2009 11:16 am (UTC)

It sort of reminds me of the bit in one of the Asterix books when someone comments that there's a lot of marblework in the army.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: April 3rd, 2009 02:07 pm (UTC)
PitWheelWoodhorn

True - Briggflats plays with time a lot.

Posted by: Adilo Creamon (the_marquis)
Posted at: April 3rd, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)

Asterix the Legionary

"Tragicomix with a T, as in Timeo Danas et ..."

Posted by: segh (segh)
Posted at: April 3rd, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)

That's the one.