Sunday, August 01, 2004

A BRIEF SUNDAY READING (in the realm of rhetorical verse) -- Ralph Waldo Emerson's idea of "The Poet"


EMERSON: (from) "The Poet"


... [H]e is the only teller of news ...

He is a beholder of ideas and an utterer

of the necessary and causal. For we do

not speak now of men of poetical talents,

or of industry and skill of metre, but of

the true poet.


... For it is not metres,

but a metre-making argument

that makes a poem....



AND, it is "The Risk of Reading" (many) BOOKS ... [New York Times Magazine 8/1/04] Especially note the passage on Walt Whitman



ALSO NOTE: (LIGHTER ANGRY VERSE) re Calvin Trillin -- "Political Crime Drives Him To Rhyme" [New York Times 7/31/04]



A FAILURE OF "IMAGINATION"? [9/11 COMMISSION REPORT]

"In a letter Thursday to Representative Porter J. Goss of Florida, the Republican chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, the panel's ranking Democrat, Representative Jane Harman of California, said the intelligence committee's hearings in August lacked focus and did not address "the actual recommendations of the 9/11 commission."

"You propose vague topics such as 'the requirement for imagination and creativity' '' in intelligence, she wrote. "These topics bear little resemblance to the urgent recommendations made by the 9/11 commission. The 9/11 commissioners, the families of the victims and the rest of the country want Congress to consider and vote on real legislation."


RHETORICAL QUESTION: What does imagination and creativity mean? (The congresswoman apparently doesn't think they have a functional / operational / practical / useful meaning. Perhaps we shall find reason to see that she is wrong ... via the strange sideroad of the AmCan Sham and IMAGINATIVE JOURNALISM.)