LEAVES OF GRASS | 1856
- Crossing Brooklyn Ferry is an ineluctably subtle modality of the visible edging toward making the visible a little hard to see.
ineluctably: 不可避免; modality: 情态; praxis: 现实; emulsion:乳胶; tonality: 调; epicureanism: 享乐主义
LEAVES OF GRASS | 1860
- Stevens, defensively wary of his prime American forerunner, cannot enter the elegy season without evoking Walt’s words out of the sea. Powerful as is the press of Whitman, his effect is enhanced, upon Stevens and ourselves, by his secure place in the hidden tradition of one of Western poetry’s salient themes: the power of the poet’s mind over a universe of death.
- A few years ago I gathered a volume of “last poems” (Till I End My Song), from Spencer to our moment, and noted that strong poems are composed against death, though against dying. That Lucretian distinction is vital to Walt, who followed Epicurus through the tutelage of Fanny Wright.
- Ethos was the daemon for the ancient Greeks, but in Shakespeare’s invention of the human, as in that of his American followers, pathos is the daemon, the hidden driver potential of awakened personality.
tutelage: 监护; ethos: 可信; pathos: 情感; cadences: 韵律; agon: 斗争; bard: 诗人; lineage: 血统; dirge: 挽歌;