The Vocation of a Haunted Man

...But for a few years he had been visited by the Muse (I know of no poet to whom this hackneyed metaphor is better applicable) and thenceforth was a haunted man; for anyone who has ever been visited by the Muse is thenceforth haunted....Sometimes, however, to be a ‘ruined man’ is itself a vocation...

T.S. Eliot, The Use Of Poetry And The Use Of Criticism (1933), 69.

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