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I am I said to no one there

Posted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 9:48 am
by Agnes
From http://www.theimaginativeconservative.o ... h-way.html :

"Clearly, Western man all along has been quite tongue-tied as to the definition of the very thing that most distinguishes him from all other creatures, and, as an individual, from all other men. Suffice to say that this may be a case where poetry has the upper-hand over science in both precision and persuasiveness, and that we are better off defining this secret something, this Self-awareness and its elusive identity, as that which prompted Giovanni Battista Pergolesi to compose the Stabat Mater on his deathbed at age twenty-six; which compelled Osip Mandelstam to continue to write his epic poetry while freezing to death in a gulag at Vladivostock; which overwhelmed King Xerxes of Persia, who, according to the famous account of Herodotus, suddenly wept at the sight of his armies on the Hellespont, knowing he was sending them to certain slaughter…If such imagery best elucidates the “I”-inside, then so many terms and definitions are perhaps no longer so important…."

as an echo from 1971.