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Frances Partridge and Friendship


John Simkin
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Frances Partridge wrote in her autobiography, Memories (1981):

Why, I wonder, have writers paid so little honour to friendship? Sustaining, warming, refreshing and endlessly stimulating, it should surely have had almost as many poems written to it as have been dedicated to love. Yet I search anthologies and often find none.

Blood is thicker... well, in a sense it is true, but love of family is genetic and static in comparison: one is born possessing it, and though it may persist staunchly, and of course rates a plus sign in the vital arithmetic, its capacity for development is limited. The exciting truth about friendship is that it is founded on choice; its possibilities of growth and change are manifold. It fertilises the soil of one's life, sends up fresh shoots, encourages cross-pollination and the creation of new species.

http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/WpartridgeF.htm

http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/ARTpartridge.htm

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