Stetson at Mylae=Punic Wars / Phlebas the Phoenician. / profit and loss
Those are pearls that were his eyes.
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From: "Carrol Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, June 05, 2007 8:07 PM
Subject: Re: "Overall context" was The Yoruba and TSE
> Richard Seddon wrote:
> > Carrol
> > I do not agree that Pound was the "primary writer" or that he extracted
> > poem from a "mass of material". At most Pound was an advisor and
> > a rudimentary way an editor. He had filled this role many times with
> > of the modernists as he recruited their work for American poetry
> I don't really disagree -- I did say "argument _could be_ made." It's
> just that unity can never be taken for granted but needs to be
> established by showing that the unity claimed actually illuminates the
> parts -- and that argument has to ascribe some independence to the parts
> or there is nothing to unify. Specifically, unless the Stetson passage
> has _some_ independent status, it can contribute nothing to the whole
> nor can the whole illuminate it.
> For example. In PL, all our knowledge of Adam's creation comes from Adam
> himself! The narrator gives us no direct account whatever. So while we
> know that that creation is prologue as it were first to fall and then to
> recovery, we would empty the scene of any real interest if we were to
> say it is an instance of fall and recovery. We can't know how it fits
> into (if it does) a dynamic of fall and recovery and until we first see
> it as an action of a certain kind in its own right. Similarly, we
> banalize the Stetson episode if we simply label it another instance of
> the presumed general theme of TWL.
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