"Grau, theurer Freund, ist alle Theorie,
Und grün des Lebens goldner Baum." (Faust.)
There is a saying of Hegel's, frequently quoted, that "a great man condemns the world to the task of explaining him." The condemnation is a double one, and it generally falls heaviest on the great man himself, who has to submit to explanation; and, probably, the last refinement of this species of cruelty is to expound a poet. I... more...