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  •  I bow to Ozymandias. (1+ / 0-)
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    I think one of the greatest unfinished poems in the English language begins "In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure dome decree..."

    I think that poem you just published would be perfect ammunition for Dorothy Parker to skewer.

    It is stilted, amateurish, and jejune.


    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Mon Jun 17, 2013 at 01:57:39 PM PDT

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    •  The argument's become pointless. You're not taking (1+ / 0-)
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      the time to think, you're making knee-jerk responses based on your strong feelings.

      I know you're smart, well-read, full of opinions. But you have a mental block here. Your prejudice against Hardy is so strong that you can't see past it, to the text itself.

      It's not that he can't be criticized. It's that the adjectives you use have no relation to the text itself.

      Hardy can be stilted, but isn't here - except in the actual words of Sir Nameless, which deliberately reflect his pompous personality. Hardy manages his words, rhythms and meanings with skill and sharp aim, and shapes his tale nicely. Your "amateurish, and jejune" aren't in the poem - they're just labels you've pasted to your mental image of Hardy.

      Perhaps I was appearing pompous myself, in my defense of Hardy, and you felt like tweaking me. I enjoy your opinions, Youffraita, and your spirited defense of them. But if your opinions on Hardy are completely sincere, than they are also short-sighted.

      I believe your feelings against Hardy are too strong for you to read him and make an objective judgment. We all have blind spots like this. I think we judge more fairly when we notice our own blindnesses. You're welcome to point out mine, when you spot them.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Mon Jun 17, 2013 at 04:29:48 PM PDT

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