It really shoulld have been "unrelated to anything"--apologies.
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From: "Jacek Niecko" <[log in to unmask]>
To: "T. S. Eliot Discussion forum." <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Saturday, October 18, 2003 4:17 PM
Subject: Re: OT : Idiomatic usage of the word 'blinding'
> Unrelated to nothing in particular, I spent the past week reading Durrell,
> Graves, and Roethke--encountering, in the process, a batch of letters from
> Durrell to TSE, 1937-1950, published in TWENTIETH CENTURY LITERATURE.
> [If someone wd like a more specific reference, I could look this stuff up
> the MLA Bibliography at the LoC next week--]
> It seems to me that, of the three, so arbitrarily chosen, Roethke was the
> "strongest" poet, whatever that term stands for--but I admit to having
> moved by two lines in Durrell's "Conan in Alexandria":
> "Partings like these are lucky. At least they wound."
> and "Music is only love, looking for words."
> This, for reasons I can't quite explain, connects in my head with a
> statement made by Borges in his "This Craft of Verse":
> " ...books are only occasions for poetry."
> Regards to all,
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Peter Montgomery" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Saturday, October 18, 2003 3:26 PM
> Subject: Re: OT : Idiomatic usage of the word 'blinding'
> > In Hebrew culture/literature there is a saying
> > to the effect that if one sees God one will die.
> > That is why only Moses went up the mountain to see God,
> > and Moses, or Moshe as he is sometimes called, was so
> > radiant when he returned, people were afraid to look
> > at him. The sun's light is very creative (photosynthesis)
> > but one is blinded if one looks at the sun.
> > It is a paradox.
> > See Dylan Thomas' poem "Do not go gentle into that good night"
> > He has a line in there that goes something like,
> > "Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight..."
> > Cheers,
> > Peter
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Vishvesh Obla
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Sent: 10/18/03 7:30 AM
> > Subject: OT : Idiomatic usage of the word 'blinding'
> > "There are a few lamentable misses. XXX is undoubtedly
> > one of brightest stars of the Tamil firmament. His
> > creative energy is blinding and his versatility
> > astounding. To top them, he has this irrepressible
> > urge to tell the reader what he has stumbled upon. And
> > he usually stumbles upon interesting things..."
> > I am curious about the usage of the word 'blinding' in
> > the above passage. I see from dictionaries that it is
> > occasionally used for referring to anything dazzling
> > (and so seems to have a positive connotation), but
> > this word has always carried a negative connotation to
> > me. I would appreciate if someone can let me know the
> > exact idiomatic usage of the word 'blinding'.
> > Thank you,
> > vishvesh
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