Writer as Bodhisattva

 

Here I shall say nothing that has not been said before,

And in the art of prosody I have no skill.

I therefore have no thought that this might be of benefit to others;

I wrote it only to habituate my mind."

Shantideva, The Way of the Bodhisattva

 

To the Public
Dear Reader, forgive what you do not approve, & love me for this energetic exertion of my talent

—William Blake, apologiatic preface to Jerusalem, later excised