[Milton-L] Fetishizing Greatness, was Re: Is Paradise Lost
cbcox at ilstu.edu
Fri Apr 24 13:19:51 EDT 2009
James Rovira wrote:
> Thanks for your response, Jeffery.
> I realize I'm greatly mistaken about the poetic nature of the
> Tractatus. Reading again proposition 4.1273, for example:
I think my phrase was there is a tragic _rhythm_ to the Tractatus, which
ends in sort of a mysticism of silence, an emptying out of the
possibility of human knowledge. As to the rest, I suspect Jim can read
it better than I can, since I never really learned the language of
symbolic logic and wouldn't dream of trying to read the whole of the
But what my post was really about was an implicit query of what it is we
actaully _do_ with literature (poems, fictions, verbal artifacts, what
have you) when we are not focused on writing an article for MQ or JEGP.
And I think the rigid distinctions that get made in formal criticism
tend to dissolve as we chat about books with others.
And they want to know what we talked about?
"_de litteris et de armis, praestantibusque
Both of ancient times and our own; books, arms,
And men of unusual genius,
Both of ancient times and our own, in short the
Of conversation between intelligent men."
In Anti-Duhring Engels (who no more than Marx believed in writing
recipes for the cookshops of the future) in his few remarks on the needs
which a socialist society would have to fulfill listed "books to argue
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