Thursday, February 21, 2013

against the nihil of the age

Against the nihil
One candle-flame, one blade of grass,
One thought suffices
To affirm all.

— This epigraph appears at the beginning of an essay by Wendell Berry called "Against the Nihil of the Age" in his collection of essays titled Imagination in Place. The essay is about the poet and Blake scholar Kathleen Raine. After searching the Internet for attribution of these lines, I am no closer to determining if they are written by Raine, or by Berry.