In "Burning a Book," William Stafford equates those unwritten texts represented in the quote with ignorance.
The first part of the poem describes the burning of a book and makes a profound insight that
Truth, brittle and faint, burns easily,
its fire as hot as the fire lies make—
flame doesn’t care.
In other words, fire doesn't distinguish between good and bad writing, or writing that contains "truth" and writing that is based on "lies." Either way, the books will be destroyed, save a few words that remain in the ashes. So, one way we can lose "truth" or knowledge is through the burning of books that have already been written.
It's the other way that we can lose...
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