[lit-ideas] Re: SUNDAY POEM

  • From: Robert.Paul@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Robert Paul)
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: 27 Jun 2004 16:48:22 PDT

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>Today's pieces sound like Tennesee haiku, if there is something like that.

Well, If there's no such thing as that nothing could sound like it so it would
have been better to have made sure before trying this simile. The thought
appears circular in any case.

>If I had my druthers...

The use of such expressions in order to appear to be just plain folks is, I
grant, widespread, but does this one really add anything to the simple
declaration 'I'd like to see...'? (You don't need your druthers in order to
_want_ to see someone do something.) Your readers here are not plain folks but
distinguished intellectuals from all over the world: there is no need to feign

>...but it was too small an hors d'oeuvre to satisfy my appetite.

Hors d'oeuvres tend to be small, although I suppose that one could stuff oneself
with them. They are meant to stimulate the appetite, not to satisfy it. 

>(I can't enjoy a tiny sip. I need to drink the whole bottle. I could easily be
an alcoholic. You're not helping me
get drunk.)

'Tiny sip' is redundant. Your drinking problems are of concern to your
biographer, not the critic. 
Just kidding, Stan. It's Sunday.

Robert Paul
The Reed Institute
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