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The Allure of Science for the Arts: Reflections

This post is concerned with objectivity and its role in the Arts, especially literature. Objective or scientific thinking on the face of it, is alien to the Arts just as subjectivity is outside the realm of science. And yet that highest of art forms, music, is understood in systematic and objective terms. Just as that purest of sciences, mathematics, is considered more of an art than a science in its […]

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Notes on Literature as Play

  As far as I can make out, there is only one rule to the game of literature that we can say with any degree of certainty. That rule is play. Play consists of saying much without really saying anything. It is not the job of poetry to clarify. Poetry should suggest and ambiguate. To play with words, to juggle with concepts and ideas is the business of the poet. […]

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Homer’s Feast

I love the works of Homer. They are regarded by most literary historians as being the dawn of Western literature, having been written down probably sometime between 800 and 700 BC. There is a lot of dispute and debate about what we actually have, but surely the most important thing to remember is that what we have is wonderful. The Homer scholar, Eva Brann, has said that in every field […]

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How to Approach the Classics

Many people have trouble reading the Classics, both ancient and modern. This is because we live in a culture of instant gratification. We are used to  reading passively. The key to understanding literature prior to the age of instant gratification is ‘active’ reading. People must change the way they approach these works. They need to change their mindsets. They need to read actively. Think of all the great literature that […]

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