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Amen! I had to do a paper on Henry Moore for a sculpture class
(correspondence) one time. The first half of the paper was the usual
discussion of his work, etc. Then for the last half I quoted Moore in some
of the things I found especially thought-provoking.
The teacher chewed me up one side and down the other because the last half
of the paper was not "the same fine quality as the first half".
What I didn't explain adequately or she couldn't understand was that these
quotations were things I still wanted to think about. If I had formulated
and written out an opinion, evaluation, etc as she apparently was expecting
(and I could have done to her satisfaction, I'm sure), that would have put
an end to it--I'd have discarded the paper when I got it back. As it is, I
still go back to those quotes....
This is one of the reasons I like the concept of journalling as a part of
the thinking process--it's OK to be tentative. Too often papers,
discussions, and/or lectures end up trying to be definitive.....
Lily Kerns CWKerns