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Tag Archives: romanticism
First thought. The broad takeaway insight of postmodernism is the following: there is always more in a text than the author knows or intends. This goes rather nicely with Nietzsche’s claim that “there are no facts, only interpretations.” But before … Continue reading
In a world where God is dead (or at least silent), what dimension should you live in? In other words, should you live in “reality” (whatever that really is) or might you skip the reality quest and spend your life mostly in the realm of imagination? Here’s … Continue reading
Are you an Enlightenment universalist, a brooding Romantic, or a Rorty-like Pragmatist trying to split the difference? Regardless of your answer, a new book has just come out with a very definite point of view on the question (the author … Continue reading
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The Contemporary World’s Metaphysical and Epistemic Grand Canyon: Are You a Brooding Romantic or a Rational Universalist?
In his essay, “Grandeur, profundity, and finitude“, atheist pragmatist philosopher, Richard Rorty, tries to walk us back from what he sees as our two chief metaphysical and epistemic precipices: romanticism and rational universalism. He starts with romanticism (84): The romantics became convinced … Continue reading
I think I dislike this use of Walt Whitman. It feels like a debasement of his poetry—like using the Bible or the Bhagavad Gita to sell soda. And what’s up with the Leni Riefenstahl vibe and the fascist salutes (one toward the … Continue reading
In a Slate.com review of Richard Holmes’s new book on Romanticism and science, the reviewer notes a reference to astronomer William Herschel’s discovery of the planet Uranus in one of John Keats’s sonnets: In Keats’ sonnet “On First Looking Into … Continue reading
If you define melodrama as an action and suspense-driven plot, with sympathetically drawn characters surviving at the raw edge of their wits, imagination, and emotions, then SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE is an exquisitely rendered piece of melodrama. But unlike cookie-cutter melodrama, in which … Continue reading
Euripides’ Bakkhai in a nutshell: In this brilliant video, the seemingly controlled and establishment sanctioned unleashing of “happy eros” in the 1950s devolves into gender-bending and psychic (as well as physical) break down within a few decades. This is “No … Continue reading
Thomas Gainsborough’s Daughters Hold Hands. One Reaches for a Butterfly. The Other, Holding a Feather, Looks On. There is an Element of Impulse and Restraint in the Painting That Echoes Michelangelo’s Moses
One girl seems thoughtful, and may be holding a feather that will become a quill pen. The other seems more impulsive. Like Michelangelo’s Moses, tugging back at his beard to restrain his anger and energies, I see one girl slightly … Continue reading
Question: What is poetry, really? Answer: Joe Cocker in translation.
Lines of Poetry Dedicated to John McCain: The Beginning of William Wordsworth’s “Intimations of Immortality”
In the first 2008 presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain, McCain started the debate by announcing, without the least trace of Republican irony, and with deep regret and soberness (as if he were about to well up with tears), … Continue reading
Nuns fret not at their convent’s narrow room; And hermits are contented with their cells; And students with their pensive citadels; Maids at the wheel, the weaver at his loom, Sit blithe and happy; bees that soar for bloom, High … Continue reading