In answer to your question, No. I think this is very valuable and
On 10 Oct 2002, at 14:06, Marcia Karp <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Ken Armstrong wrote:
> > At 03:49 PM 10/9/2002 -0400, you wrote:
> > >What suggests it is an argument at all? It does not set itself up to be
> > >logical or not circular.
> > You imply that it does set itself up to be something. What?
> Dear Ken and All,
> Here is Ovid on Atalanta:
> talis erat cultu, facies, quam dicere vere
> virgineam in puero, puerilem in virgine possis
> No need to know the language in order to see the chiasmus in the second
> line. Girl boy, boy girl. [The Latin inflections make it harder to be as
> vague or suggestive (or what you will) as Keats is in his line.]
> Here's John Dryden's translation
> Such was her Face, as in a Nymph display’d
> A fair fierce Boy, or in a Boy betray’d
> The blushing Beauties of a modest Maid. [Meleager and Atalanta,
> He keeps the rhetorical figure. Both Ovid and Dryden enact the difficulty of
> separating Atalanta’s tightly mingled parts. I'd always taken Keats'
> pronouncement as a similarly indivisible whole. Have I been too