Form and ‘forms of life’

Poetry Central

We must undo the dualism of word/thing into a figure of analogy. Words are (like) things; things change. Meaning is rhythmic, tidal.

Item:  Homer’s comparison between words and and leaves in Autumn.

Add to that diachronic aspect the synchronic aspect of “the inherent beyond ness of words to themselves, their essential non-self-identity” (Stephen Mulhall, The Great Riddle, 76).

Do these bits cohere with others as a snapshot of the ‘form’ or enduring nature of language?

At least one begins to see why the language of poetry and the various disciplines shaped and developed in response to it are central to the study of humanity–hardly the marginal cultural item of the current regime.



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