Audenesque Thoughts of the Prince

Time will say nothing, but I told you so/ Time only knows the price we have to pay“, soberly reflected Wystan Hugh Auden in his well-known poem. Diane Arbus, when working on a feature for November 1961 issue of Harper’s Bazaar, visited Prince Robert de Rohan Courtenay (left) and copied this from his corpus of writing:

So with growth, changing environment and vagaries of fortune, the facets of a man’s life so vary, in a seeming and rapid inconsistency, that he appears to live his life as a succession of characters – in different dramas – sometimes high, sometimes low – and his innermost secrets are hidden in Time; and Time knows nothing! To outsiders, the personal history of anyone is merely a legend, imperfectly understood – and a fable believed and agreed upon!

(a quote and photo are from Diane Arbus: Magazine Work).

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Audenesque Thoughts of the Prince”

  1. Hi Paul, thanks a lot! I’ve highlighted your post, too. I’ll be keeping my eye on the comments, but until Thursday I’m swarmed by poverty, paintings and blogging about both! :-))) All the best,

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s