Thursday, February 28, 2008

Do economists wish to ruin everything?

Tim Harford on Robert Frost:

"Frost's famous The Road Not Taken is as good an exploration of the economist's idea of opportunity cost as you might wish for. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening touches on the same subject and, for me, is a far more haunting poem. Then there's Mending Wall, an inquiry into whether property rights make for a civilised society - do good fences really make good neighbours?"

When you see beautiful poetry reduced to economic terms, does your soul crack just a little bit?

1 comment:

  1. I didn't read your entry title, and I somehow forgot to remember that blocked italics mean QUOTE. I thought that was your interpretation of Frost, and I was going to be like, "What the heck, PV?" I was so annoyed. But then I looked closer and I understood.

    Yeah, I hope I never see another person interpret poetry that way. Blah.