Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Seeing Through the Eye

One of my delights this year is teaching Literature – a course I have not taught before.  In preparing my lessons I've had the ability to read or re-read many things that I haven't looked at for quite some time.  My post on Saint-Exupéry led me to take another look at the Little Prince and I noticed some of my favorite lines once again.  One such was from Chapter 21, where the fox is speaking with the little prince and says, "And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."

It reminded me of a portion of a work from one of my favorite poets, William Blake:

This life's five windows of the sole
Distorts the Heavens from pole to pole,
And leads you to believe a lie
When you see with, not thro', the eye


Judi said...

Like the 'only with the heart' quote. I might even stick it on MY blog!

Virgil S. said...

Wow, Nate, you inspire me! I am usually bothered when I have to teach a brand new course....
Here is a bit of a poem you might like:
"One ship sails East,
And another West,
By the self-same winds that blow,
'Tis the set of the sails
And not the gales,
That tells the way we go.

Like the winds of the sea
Are the waves of time,
As we journey along through life,
'Tis the set of the soul,
That determines the goal,
And not the calm or the strife."

This is part of a poem is by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, the rest of it is at
You can follow links there to "about" E. W. Wilcox, I bet you'll be interested.

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