Excerpt from Don Paez: And Other Poems
"Fashion is the queen of the world." Perhaps then, the success of a new work, whether it be in prose or poetry, depends more upon fashion than upon merit; at least, with that portion of mankind who are governed more by extraneous influen... ces than by their own sound and sober judgments. Those whose footsteps follow the beaten track, and whose thoughts reach only to imitation, are not always apt to relish, at first sight, whatever is of an original character, till fashion has adopted and consecrated it, and nothing can become fashionable until it is known and approved. In the conception of Solomon it was a folly and a shame to judge of a matter before it was heard and understood. Excuses for writing and publishing books are common. They are, perhaps, the offspring of affected modesty rather than the results of reluctant authorship. I shall offer no excuse. For, if writing a book needs an excuse, why write it at all? It is certainly easier to decline such a task than to accomplish it.
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