Download e-book for iPad: A Reader's Guide to Dylan Thomas (Reader's Guides) by William York Tindall

By William York Tindall

ISBN-10: 0815604017

ISBN-13: 9780815604013

This e-book comprises analyses of (apparently) all of Thomas's poems, awarded within the comparable order because the poems themselves within the accumulated version of 1952.

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In this sense, the scare quotes surrounding “we” are an inadequate safeguard. ” Who are “we”: the cultured university elite? the technologically advanced West? factory workers in China? the inhabitants of Tuvalu? the numerous victims of state-sponsored genocide? our own future offspring? ) humanity: but who are we, “we,” or “‘we,’” whose possibilities have here become the measure of all future cultural, intellectual, material development? The negativity allowed here, then, is only a moment in the teleological realisation of values and valuation, in whose service it stands.

The analogy, says Kant, is with ethical judgements. He explains: In religion, everyone must surely find the rule [Regel] for his conduct within himself, since he is also the one who remains responsible for his conduct and cannot put the blame for his offences on others on the grounds that they were his teachers and predecessors; yet even here an example [Beispiel] of virtue and holiness will always accomplish more than any universal precepts [allgemeine Vorschriften] we have received from priests or philosophers, or for that matter found within ourselves.

Again, all is a matter of framing, of separating like from like, dividing the one from the other even when they seem to invite the same response, always running the risk that the separation and divorce of purposiveness from purpose will be less of a clean break than anticipated. , the division of purposiveness from purpose] to appear—and it can still do so only along its edging [selon sa bordure]—the interrupted finality must show itself, both as finality and as interrupted—as edging [bordure]. Finality alone is not beautiful, nor is the absence of goal [l’absence de but], which we must distinguish here from the absence of the goal [l’absence du but].

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