They Studied Hard, the Masters by Nemo Bopp

They studied hard, the masters. They could recite from memory a
Shakespeare sonnet or the Latin of Ovid or Cattulus. What’s the point
to all this? Simply this: imagine an architect, a carpenter, a
virtuoso musician—for that matter any skilled professional—without
some understanding and respect for the evolution of their art. Could
their skill-set advance without such knowledge? Wouldn’t their
understanding of the medium in which they worked allow them a greater
ability to forge a new statement, to convey a new observation of
sorts? Or have we reached a point in our 30-second sound-byte lives
when such study seems irrelevant and time-consuming? I glance over at
my library, grin and sigh.

 JRP © 2011