The prose method might be described as that where the writer provides a complete description of all those material factors in the environment which condition his characters. The poetic method sees the centre of consciousness as the point where all that is significant in the surrounding world becomes aware and transformed; the prose method requires a description of that world in order to explain the characteristics of the people in it. The hero of the poetic method is Rimbaud; of the prose method, Balzac.
It is scarcely exaggeration to say that if one is not a little mad about Balzac at twenty, one will never live; and if at forty one can still take Rastignac and Lucien de Rubempre at Balzac's own estimate, one has lived in vain.willa cather
“I don’t have to be a gentleman,” said Balzac. “I am an artist.”orson scott card
" Oh, Mr. Wolff, what do you think of Balzac ? " Josh politely ceased to masticate, swallowed and answered, " I never trade them Curb stocks! "
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