[lit-ideas] Re: The Life and Death of Wittgenstein

  • From: Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 16 May 2009 15:42:55 EDT

In a message dated 5/16/2009 1:55:36 P.M.  Eastern Daylight Time, 
rpaul@xxxxxxxx writes:
'Plato says a polis is a soul  writ large,' we're using the literary 
present, which, 
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Well,  I learned it as the 'historical present'. 

I grant it works with  _important_ verbs:

e.g.

"And Napoleon wins the  battle."

Or,  alternatively,

"And Napoleon is defeated at Leipzig" (I'm currently studying the opera  
Germania)

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But for _unimportant_ verbs, it's  inappropriate:

"Napoleon  farts"

JLS  

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