The Poet, the Program and the Method

Coleridge's ideal poet The poet, described in ideal perfection, brings the whole soul of man into activity, with the subordination of its faculties to each other according to their relative worth and dignity. He diffuses a tone and spirit of unity, that blends, and (as it were) fuses, each into each, by that synthetic and... Continue Reading →

Burke’s Program – Educational Impact

A pandemic of indolent school children might indicate that something is wrong with the school? Kenneth Burke Here's a rewording of the first sentence in a way that makes sense to me: Is it possible that a pandemic of lazy school children might indicate that something is wrong with the school, not the children? I... Continue Reading →

Burke – Acceptance vs. Acquiescence

"Acceptance of"--not necessarily "acquiescence to." By acceptance is meant an openness to the factors involved. One may accept a situation in thundering against it. Voltaire accepted. Acceptance is exposure.  Whether one builds a wall against the new by reaffirming the old, or seeks by a loosening to incorporate the new, he will be "accepting" in... Continue Reading →

Burke’s Program – Living vs. Dead Discourse

Jasper Neel's Aristotle's Voice, Coleridge's essays on the Method, Burke's Terministic Screens, and now Burke's Program all talk about living discourse vs.  dead discourse. [The artist's] innovations today must be, in some way, the humanistic or cultural counterpart of the external changes brought about by industrialism, or mechanization. Kenneth Burke I think it is the... Continue Reading →

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