Thursday, October 14, 2004


I was thinking about the sublime. When I listen to Enya I automatically reach another level. I love her voice and the instruments are beautiful. Many people say her music makes them draw and write poetry. Some say its like a voice of God. A lot of her lyrics are composed by poets like her new release Wild Violet. Please check Enya out at :
Here's the comments from her website that pertain to her new CD. They are interesting- especially for this class!

"The lyrics for Sumiregusa were inspired by a Hokku, or Haiku, written by the Japanese poet, Bashō, while he was traveling to Ōtsu.
He says that on his way through the mountain road the sight of a wild violet touched his heart.
We have all been moved by the beauty of nature, so I am sure we can all relate to those seventeen syllables that Bashō
wrote. We have all had a moment that pulls at our heartstrings. One such moment for me was when I was walking in the woodlands and I came across an old, broken, dying thistle. He was such
a sad sight. There was a small history in him that would soon be lost. And yet he struggled on. I called him Don Quixote. I went every day to see him until he wasn’t there any more. The following year his children bloomed, he did not return. Even today, although that place has been taken over by the ever vigorous bramble, and there are no signs of any thistles, I still pass by and remember him.
Perhaps these moments are an epiphany.
Perhaps it is our own acceptance of the world and the way it is. Perhaps it is a celebration of
life, or just a moment that is ours alone.
In Sumiregusa all of nature is equal in its power to inspire, to move, to touch – from a small pebble to a great mountain, from one green leaf to the many colours of autumn, from the song of birds to a purple flower."

Class Notes:

Sophish = a person who argues both sides and is able to convince you both ways.

* Sad News:
-Ted Seuss, referred to as Dr. Seuss, passed away - check out the Dr. Seuss website at: His biography is pretty cool and notice that he was the "creator" of his name:)

Modernism is represented by two great artists T.S Eliot and Virginia Woolfe

*Interesting fact: Currently, every candidate in the National Book Award are women.
(So there!)

Eurocentric = influence of Europe's culture or people

**Think about formalism for the next class period

Formalism= "not concerned with the artist or the works meaning, but being concerned with the work itself"

09/23/04 class notes and inspiration!

Class Notes:

Misprism= to make a mistake

Longinus and Sublime:

Sublime= lofty, noble, elevates the reader to a higher plane, transports you to another level, divie sublime is always something more and goes beyond beauty and sense when we experience a line in a book for instance. Wht is appealing to me that makes me feel sublime?

ecstasy= ec= outside, stas=stand outside yourself

Pathos= loftiness of mind ( Plato doesn't support ecstasy because it doesn't represent the ideal)


Class Notes:

We talked about the subject of mimesis = the idea that art looks like the actual thing
- Plato's idea of a bed being thrice removed
- A painter copies the idea of a bed;therefore, the poet embodies the essence of a bed and a painter reproduces it.
-Wallace Stevens: the act of creation is important
* the sea doesn't have a genius to make its sound
* you have been taught to enjoy the beauty of things because of the artist
* the artist shapes who we are
- we know right or wrong because the artist shapes us
- art isn't imitative, its expressive
- modern art allows us the look at a painting and create our own picture
- the idea of "myself" is a constructed fiction that is made up of culture
- According to Plato, it's not a question of right or wrong, it's a matter of epiphany
Plato Aristotle
immaterial material
likes one likes many
hedgehog fox
- Aristotle settles for "just right" in the story of GoldiLocks and The Three Bears
- Dialectic = we all correct each other(we all tell the story different) Here's the definition from
di·a·lec·tic ( P ) Pronunciation Key (d-lktk)n.
The art or practice of arriving at the truth by the exchange of logical arguments.
The process especially associated with Hegel of arriving at the truth by stating a thesis, developing a contradictory antithesis, and combining and resolving them into a coherent synthesis.
Hegel's critical method for the investigation of this process.
The Marxian process of change through the conflict of opposing forces, whereby a given contradiction is characterized by a primary and a secondary aspect, the secondary succumbing to the primary, which is then transformed into an aspect of a new contradiction. Often used in the plural with a singular or plural verb.
The Marxian critique of this process.
dialectics (used with a sing. verb) A method of argument or exposition that systematically weighs contradictory facts or ideas with a view to the resolution of their real or apparent contradictions.
The contradiction between two conflicting forces viewed as the determining factor in their continuing interaction.
[Middle English dialetik, from Old French dialetique, from

- Tragedy = an imiatation of an action that includes completeness of a certain magnitude
(Aristotle thought Oedipus Rex is the greatest tragedy of all because it imitates an action exactly)
- Google "sublime"
- Plot is the most important thing in a work of art according to Plato.

I was thinking about the idea of dialectic and how a story is subject to change each time its told. One book that I read in orality Lit. is Called Wisdom of the Mythtellers by: Sean Kane
This book is absoulutely fabulous and it touches on the fact that stories change over time from generation to generation. I highly recommend it!