Finely polished stones reflect. Polished silicone becomes a mirror.
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From: "Nancy Gish" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, September 02, 2006 7:21 AM
Subject: Re: Eliot and Biography
> This is a particularly interesting perspective since a stone is a stone,
> and in the words of Hugh MacDiarmid, "We must reconcile ourselves to the
> stones, / Not the stones to us.
> Just as the poem cannot be reduced to intention or simple mimesis, it
> cannot be reduced to craft. The stone is impenetrable, only knowable
> in many facets but not simply the ones we see individually and equally
> not a single core we must find. But the stonecutter's whole life may
> affect how she shapes it.
> "On a Raised Beach" is a magnificent long poem of stones as language.
> >>> David Boyd <[log in to unmask]> 09/02/06 5:38 AM >>>
> In a message dated 01/09/2006 22:42:17 GMT Daylight Time,
> [log in to unmask] writes:
> Peter wrote:
> The poem as a perceptual device of one's own world, and one's
> own experience is much more relevant.
> I take it you buy into the French view that the text exists apart from
> human being that created it. Perhaps that old scenario of monkeys
> typing texts
> can be updated to computers creating texts unrelated to human
> leaving readers in solipsistic bliss. Diana
> A lot of forays into and around and around the aesthetic theory maze are
> being made just now !
> - isn't it usually a case of layers of perception and multiple
> / meanings ? - eg., about which particular facets of the
> skilfully-cut gem happened to sparkle for you as the perceiver at that
> moment and in your particular state of [emotional *and* factual] mind.
> thinking of a wellknown biblical image, isn't our perception as
> adults of such things often of the 'but through a glass, darkly' kind ?
> Similarly, this kind of extraneous 'knowledge' may reveal some more
> facets but often
> at the expense many of other [ often much brighter] ones but doesn't it
> inevitably and irrevocably alter that experience ?
> But, however we define them, suppose we're still discussing and
> cut gemstones as opposed to crude and ugly lumps of coal or rock or
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