Auden – Arts and Crafts, 1971

“…The difference between a pure craft, like carpentry, and art is that when the carpenter starts work he knows exactly what the finished result will be: the artist does not know what he is going to make until he has made it. But, like the carpenter, all he can or should consciously think about is how to make it as well as possible, so that it may become a durable object, permanently ‘on hand’ in the world.”

W. H. Auden, quoted from “Craftsman, artist, genius,” in The Observer, April 11, 1971.

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