On Being Blue: A Philosophical Inquiry by William H. Gass

By William H. Gass

On Being Blue is a ebook approximately every thing blue--sex and sleaze and unhappiness, between different things--and approximately every little thing else. It brings us the area in a be aware as in simple terms William H. Gass, between modern American writers, can do.

Gass writes:
Of the colours, blue and eco-friendly have the best emotional diversity. unhappy reds and depression yellows are tricky to show up. one of the historic parts, blue happens in every single place: in ice and water, within the flame as only as within the flower, overhead and within caves, masking fruit and oozing out of clay. even supposing eco-friendly enlivens the earth and mixes within the ocean, and we discover it, copperish, in fireplace; eco-friendly air, eco-friendly skies, are infrequent. grey and brown and extensively dispensed, yet there are not any cheerful swatches of both, or any of the exuberant black, sullen crimson, or acquiescent orange. Blue is consequently best suited because the colour of inside existence. even if slick gentle sharp excessive shiny imagine speedy bitter new and funky or low deep candy darkish smooth sluggish tender heavy outdated and hot: blue strikes simply between all of them, and all profoundly qualify our states of feeling.

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19 20 Chapter I 4) Ovid, Metamorphoses I 99-106 Aurea prima sata est aetas, quae vindice nullo, sponte sua, sine lege, fidem rectumque colebat. poena metusque aberant; nec verba minantia fixo aere ligabantur, nec supplex turba timebat iudicis ora sui, sed erant sine vindice tuti. nondum caesa suis, peregrinum ut viseret orbem, montibus in liquidas pinus descenderat undas, nullaque mortales praeter sua litora norant. nondum praecipites cingebant oppida fossae; non tuba directi, non aeris cornua flexi, non galeae, non ensis erant: sine militis usu mollia securae peragebant otia gentes.

The work I have been calling a poetic novel Chaucer himself described as litel myn tragedye (V 1786). 21 The word tragedye is defined in the Monk’s Prologue (VII 1973-82)22 and it occurs in Troilus at the point when the hero, after extreme emotional suffering, is about to be delivered out of his ‘cares colde’ (V 1747). Chaucer’s address to his book (V 1786-92) is positioned between three stanzas asserting that his subject has been Troilus’s love and that Criseyde’s guilt was no fault of the author’s (whose main concern is with women betrayed by men ([V 1765-85]), and a stanza expressing anxiety about the poem’s textual and metrical integrity in transmission and a fervent plea that it should ‘be understonde’.

But the anguysschous love of havynge brenneth in folk more cruely than the fyer of the mountaigne of Ethna that ay brenneth. Allas! what was he that first dalf up the gobbettes or the weyghtes of gold covered undir erthe and the precyous stones that wolden han be hydd? He dalf up precious periles. (That is to seyn, that he that hem firsst up dalf, he dalf up a precious peril; for-why, for the preciousnesse of swich thyng hath many man ben in peril). Structure, Language and Myth in Chaucer’s The Former Age 3) John Walton, Boethius II, m.

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