The Eyes Have It

Tonight I started The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs. I allow myself one distraction from my reading…

In the book, Jacobs quotes the following from W. H. Auden’s cycle of poems, Horae Canonincae (no commentary necessary here):

 

You need not see what someone is doing

to know if it is his vocation,

 

you have only to watch his eyes:

a cook mixing a sauce, a surgeon

 

making a primary incision,

a clerk completing a bill of lading,

 

wear the same rapt expression,

forgetting themselves in a function.

 

How beautiful it is,

that eye-on-the-object look.

 

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