What suggests it is an argument at all? It does not set itself up to be
logical or not circular.
Date sent: Wed, 9 Oct 2002 13:12:23 -0400
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From: Ken Armstrong <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: Who's who
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At 06:33 PM 10/9/2002 +0200, you wrote:
>M A K Halliday would say Keats' clause is a relational process --
Joseph Trimmer would say it is a circular argument. It is not like the
conclusion of my first favorite Keats poem, "When I have fears that I may
cease to be":
then on the shore
Of the wide world I stand alone, and think
Till love and fame to nothingness do sink.
Now THAT, to me, works exquisitely, growing out of and transforming the
situation (the ground), while
"Beauty is truth, truth beauty,"---that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.
seems like what you get because you don't get an answer to all those
questions. "Here, take these two lines and don't call me in the morning."
Looks like a placebo to me.
<< it's highly evocative just because it's vague. Giacomo Leopardi (an
Italian poet who lived in the first decades of XIX century) wrote that
"vague and indefinite expressions are the most poetic ones.">>
Sara, have mercy!! You and Giacomo probably have the entire modernist
corpus/i spinning in its/their graves!