By Marjorie Perloff

Marjorie Perloff, between our most effective critics of twentieth-century poetry, argues that Ludwig Wittgenstein supplied writers with an intensive new aesthetic, a key to spotting the inescapable strangeness of standard language. Taking heavily Wittgenstein's comment that "philosophy ought relatively to be written basically as a kind of poetry," Perloff starts off via discussing Wittgenstein the "poet." What we examine is that the poetics of way of life is something yet banal.

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By V. de S. ’31 Accordingly, Empson’s ‘ReXection from Rochester’ ruminates upon the traditional, even commonplace, contrast (deriving from Plutarch, Juvenal, Erasmus, and Hobbes) between ruthless humankind and wild animals that forms the burden of Rochester’s A Satyr against Mankind (1679). Taking his inspiration in a general way from Boileau’s Satire VIII (which was itself based on Juvenal’s Fifteenth Satire), Rochester contends that while wild animals kill only in order to eat—instinctively— human savagery is a function of treachery and caprice: our aggression is the product of vain self-interest or hypocritical self-protection.

As to Japan’s policy towards China, the Japanese should acknowledge the unforeseen strength of Chinese nationalism, and that ‘history surely proves that Japan need not be ashamed of making an agreed peace with her’. ’ On the other hand, Japanese imperialism had a forceful case ‘which should be respected’. With regard to the kind and size of audience that the BBC could expect to reach in Japan, the most likely owners of short-wave radios were those absolutely key Wgures, the industrialists, who ‘are particularly disgruntled with the Japanese totalitarianism, which has always despised them .

31 Accordingly, Empson’s ‘ReXection from Rochester’ ruminates upon the traditional, even commonplace, contrast (deriving from Plutarch, Juvenal, Erasmus, and Hobbes) between ruthless humankind and wild animals that forms the burden of Rochester’s A Satyr against Mankind (1679). Taking his inspiration in a general way from Boileau’s Satire VIII (which was itself based on Juvenal’s Fifteenth Satire), Rochester contends that while wild animals kill only in order to eat—instinctively— human savagery is a function of treachery and caprice: our aggression is the product of vain self-interest or hypocritical self-protection.

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