Harold Bloom

Bloom is a literary critic, and currently a Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale University. Since the publication of his first book in 1959, Bloom has written more than 20 books of literary criticism, several books discussing religion, and one novel. He has edited hundreds of anthologies.




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E. R. Dodds, whose classic study The Greek and the Irrational I have reread literally to pieces, distinguishes the psyche from the daimon, relying first on Empedocles and then on what is most mysterious in Socrates. The psyche is the empirical self or rational soul, while the divine daimon is an occult self or nonrational soul. From Hellenistic times through Goethe, the daimon has been the poet’s genius.
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I keep urging the work of the reader’s sublime: confront only the writers who are capable of giving you a sense of something ever more about to be.
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Reading a sublime poet, such as Pindar or Sappho, we experience something akin to authorship: “We come to believe we have created what we have only heard.”
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