Definition of Emotion

It is a postulate implicit in all metaphysical poetry that nothing is ineffable, that the most rarefied feeling can be exact and exactly expressed. If you cease to be able to express feelings, you cease to be able to have them, and sensibility is replaced by sentiment, in the end by the vague expression of the vague, and poetry degenerates into a diversity of noises.

[T. S. Eliot, The Varieties of Metaphysical Poetry, 200]

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12 Comments

  1. lilrabbi said,

    January 23, 2007 at 11:13 pm

    This is the most damning thing he said in the entire book. Feeling vaguely or exactly is a great concept.

  2. Neoclassical said,

    January 24, 2007 at 10:19 am

    Yeah. It makes you wonder what is left in expression of love in worship.

  3. lilrabbi said,

    January 24, 2007 at 10:42 am

    It’ll take awhile to get it back, or something like it. Rachael brought up some good points that I hadn’t considered. Maybe she is our Eliot and Joel is our Tolkien.

  4. Neoclassical said,

    January 24, 2007 at 10:51 am

    I think a better correspondence would be Rachel being our Tokien and Joel our C. S. Lewis, considering his love for Science Fiction and all.

  5. Neoclassical said,

    January 24, 2007 at 10:58 am

    If Arvo Part has got it right, there has to be a way for doing the same thing in literature.

  6. lilrabbi said,

    January 24, 2007 at 2:36 pm

    Ah, I don’t know Rachael well enough.

    I hope Part does have it right.

  7. Joel said,

    January 27, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    lol

    You still aren’t getting it. We are hosed. What part of ‘hosed’ don’t you get?

    We couldn’t even field a George MacDonald. Don’t you realize that the worst thing about Sharper Iron is that they are us? That is the point at which we begin, and we can’t make quantum leaps in this business.

  8. lilrabbi said,

    January 27, 2007 at 1:57 pm

    Yes, Master!

  9. Joel said,

    January 27, 2007 at 3:01 pm

    That’s better.

  10. Neoclassical said,

    January 28, 2007 at 7:54 pm

    We understand what “hosed” means.

    I’m not serious when I call you C. S. Lewis, Joel, really.

    It’s just that we can aim high, even if we will never make it there.

  11. Joel said,

    January 29, 2007 at 11:25 am

    Ok. I was worried. Sometimes I just think your opinion of me is way too high, Neo.

  12. lilrabbi said,

    January 29, 2007 at 6:19 pm

    Don’t worry Joel, I don’t think very highly of you.


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