[lit-ideas] Re: Picking a few bones with Edmundson's English Major

  • From: Mike Geary <jejunejesuit.geary2@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 21 Aug 2013 15:16:49 -0500

RP: "I think that 'language speaks man' is from Heidegger's Poetry,
Language, Thought. I have no idea what it means."

I've always taken it to mean that language is essential to the definition
of "human."  We cannot function as a human apart from the use of language,
we speak it continually, to ourselves and to one another, thinking is
internal languaging.  How we use language determines our culture our
values, our self-identity -- everything, in short.  We are the languagers.

Mike Geary
languidly languaging in a mellifluous Mississippi Delta drawl.

On Sun, Aug 18, 2013 at 5:43 PM, Robert Paul <rpaul@xxxxxxxx> wrote:

> In his clear and cogent response to Edmundson, Lawrence writes, in part
>  I have more appreciation for some of the other things Edmundson says,
>> for example his response to Heidegger’s “language speaks man”:   “. . .
>> Not all men, not all women: not by a long shot. Did language speak
>> Shakespeare? Did language speak Spenser? Milton, Chaucer, Woolf,
>> Emerson? No, not even close.”  I’m not sure where this Heidegger quote
>> came from, but Heidegger didn’t believe language spoke for all men
>> either – especially not himself.  He made up words to convey what he
>> believed was his unique “speech,” i.e., philosophy.  But in general I
>> take Edmundson’s meaning.  Most people, most likely, have no reason to
>> be dissatisfied with the limits of language.  Creative people like those
>> he mentions (including Heidegger) never feel constrained by the limits
>> of language.  They get out of it more than the common reader thought was
>> there – a bit more, perhaps, than Wordsworth’s ‘often thought but ne’er
>> so well expressed.”
> Some clarifications:
> I think that 'language speaks man' is from Heidegger's Poetry, Language,
> Thought. I have no idea what it means.
> http://ssbothwell.com/**documents/ebooksclub.org__**
> Poetry__Language__Thought__**Perennial_Classics_.pdf<http://ssbothwell.com/documents/ebooksclub.org__Poetry__Language__Thought__Perennial_Classics_.pdf>
> Alas, it was Alexander Pope who wrote, in his Essay on Criticism
> 'The naked nature and the living grace,
> With gold and jewels cover ev'ry part,
> And hide with ornaments their want of art.
> True wit is nature to advantage dress'd,
> What oft was thought, but ne'er so well express'd,
> Something, whose truth convinc'd at sight we find,
> That gives us back the image of our mind.'
> http://www.poetryfoundation.**org/learning/essay/237826?**page=5<http://www.poetryfoundation.org/learning/essay/237826?page=5>
> Robert Paul
> The Mutton Institute
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