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Transpose your question to Elizabethan times (where I live) and
think of the effect of all the different spelling possibilities that hap-
pened then (how many ways did Shakespare spell his name).
I suspect it used to be sound that drove spelling, not spelling, sound.
Today homogenised spelling has put sound in a straight jacket.

P.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Vishvesh Obla" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Monday, April 03, 2006 5:40 AM
Subject: Re: 'Tyger' and 'Vrka' (Was: 'Mind forged menacles' and spelling )


> A question worth pondering would be to ask if Blake
> had used such different spellings in other places.
> Just as the word 'Vrka' has sense associations related
> to its sound, Blake might have thought the word
> 'Tyger' brought in similar sound associations the
> standard 'Tiger' wasn't adequate for.
>
> I had difficulty in switching over my accent to
> standard American for a long time after I moved to the
> US.  I still feel affected when I have to use words as
> can't, aunt. (i can't see them as a different
> dialect). For, I am used to their original sounds (I
> mean, the way the British say them), and particularly
> when I read *English* poetry I find myself a little
> uncomfortable when I read it aloud with the American
> accent.
>
>
> --- Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> > As in tire and tyre?
> > P.
> > ----- 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 )
> >
> >
> > > Peter,
> > >
> > > 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.'
> > > >
> > > >
> > >
> >
>
(http://www.searchforlight.org/Arushi/FuturePoetryCh2/Future%20PoetryCh2.htm
> > > > )
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> > >
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