Northrop Frye knew scholars more intelligent or better trained than he was. But he had something else. "I had genius. No one else had that" . Geniuses seem to have flashes of insight, which they often cannot explain. I like the differension between genius and intelligence. They are somewhat linked - hard to be a genius without some intelligence, but we all all know those people who test reasonably high on an I.Q. test who dully grind their way through life.
Frye’s biographer John Ayre writes of how groups of students regaled each other with Frye anecdotes at Murray’s, a cheap-and-cheerful student hangout of the 1950s. “What did God say today?” was a common question.
“Some of his students may have called him God,” Chamberlin says. “I never did, though. He was a vast person, yes, but he was still very much a person.” MoreI've never been considered a god, except maybe by my dog. When I was still working my co-workers called me "The King", but that I always thought that had more than a note of sarcasm about it. I'd have rather been a god.
(Is differension a word?- spellcheck doesn't like it. If not, it should be a word. It is now.)