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From: "Carrol Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
> Of course _no one_ - not Dante, not Milton, not Flaubert
> or Austen, not Pound or Eliot - _ever_ chooses every word carefully --
> that way lies sheer lunacy, for either writer or reader.  And Eliot not
> only recognizes this, he declares it finely in the phrase, "the
> intolerable wrestle with words" in 4Q (quoted from memory). Donald Davie
> has a fine passage on the Humpty-Dumpty theory of language in either
> Articulate Energy or Purity of Diction, and grounds it in this passage
> from 4Q. One can force language to one's will only so far, and then one
> must recognize the resistance of language to being forced.

Ah good old logic. Amazing how al these writers are
still doing their work, ex post facto.

Cheers,
Peter