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