As in tire and tyre?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Vishvesh Obla" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, March 31, 2006 6:02 AM
Subject: Re: 'Tyger' and 'Vrka' (Was: 'Mind forged menacles' and spelling )
> I would say Tiger and Tyger sounded differently at
> least for Blake.
> --- Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > So where does fixed spelling come into it, as
> > opposed to fixed sound?
> > P.
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Vishvesh Obla" <[log in to unmask]>
> > To: <[log in to unmask]>
> > Sent: Thursday, March 30, 2006 6:30 AM
> > Subject: 'Tyger' and 'Vrka' (Was: 'Mind forged
> > menacles' and spelling )
> > Here is more: (it could be very interesting to
> > associate Blake's 'Tyger' with the sanskrit 'Vrka')
> > 'For the reason why sound came to express fixed
> > ideas,
> > lies not in any natural and inherent equivalence
> > between the sound and its intellectual sense, for
> > there is none, -intellectually any sound might
> > express
> > any sense, if men were agreed on a conventional
> > equivalence between them; it started from an
> > indefinable quality or property in the sound to
> > raise
> > certain vibrations in the life-soul of the
> > human-creature, in his sensational, his emotional,
> > his
> > crude mental being. An example may indicate more
> > clearly what I mean. The word wolf, the origin of
> > which is no longer present to our minds, denotes to
> > our intelligence a certain living object and that is
> > all, the rest we have to do for ourselves: the
> > Sanskrit word vrka, "tearer", came in the end to do
> > the same thing, but originally it expressed the
> > sensational relation between the wolf and man which
> > most affected the man's life, and it did so by a
> > certain quality in the sound which readily
> > associated
> > it with the sensation of tearing. This must
> > havegiven
> > early language a powerful life, a concrete vigour,
> > in
> > have given one direction a natural poetic force
> > which
> > it has lost, however greatly it has gained in
> > precision, clarity, utility.'
> > )
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