Monday, December 31, 2007
Rorty, Richard. "The Fire of Life." POETRY (November 2007).
. . . I now wish that I had spent somewhat more of my life with verse. This is not because I fear having missed out on truths that are incapable of statement in prose. There are no such truths; there is nothing about death that Swinburne and Landor knew but Epicurus and Heidegger failed to grasp. Rather, it is because I would have lived more fully if I had been able to rattle off more old chestnuts — just as I would have if I had made more close friends. Cultures with richer vocabularies are more fully human — farther removed from the beasts — than those with poorer ones; individual men and women are more fully human when their memories are amply stocked with verses. Read one of Rorty's last and most poignant articles here: http://www.poetrymagazine.org/magazine/1107/comment_180185.html.