[log in to unmask]" type="cite">I love a grand unprovable generalization as much as the next person, though if we were going to argue, you'd have to start with a definition of "success." But you needn't bother on my account. I'd only point out that the author of the paper which elicited my query seems to think there IS a difference, and upon which she can presumably explain one (over here) in terms of the other (over there). I would just like to see it, and judging by her vita, which to be sure is quite impressive, there's a good chance "vagueness" is going to work into it somewhere (everywhere?).No one has ever succeeded in defining Poetry,
[log in to unmask]" type="cite">let alone given any meaning to what is "ineluctably poetry." The poetry/prose distinction is a social construct, not some Platonic essence. If we agree to name a text a poem, it is a poem. And if you read serious histories of "the novel," you find that there is very little agreement as to when "the novel" was invented. I would say that As I Lay Dying is as " ineluctably" poetic as TWL. But there are more fun things to argue about. Is Clinton or Trump the most serious threat to the world? It's a close call, but I suspect Clinton would be the more effective evil.