EPOUND-L Archives

- Ezra Pound discussion list of the University of Maine


Options: Use Forum View

Use Monospaced Font
Show Text Part by Default
Show All Mail Headers

Message: [<< First] [< Prev] [Next >] [Last >>]
Topic: [<< First] [< Prev] [Next >] [Last >>]
Author: [<< First] [< Prev] [Next >] [Last >>]

Print Reply
Tim Bray <[log in to unmask]>
Reply To:
- Ezra Pound discussion list of the University of Maine <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 3 Aug 2001 16:50:43 -0700
text/plain (22 lines)
At 12:58 PM 03/08/01 -0700, Dirk Johnson wrote:
>If Tim expects the Greek heroes to be middle class Americans, he should
>probably just go back to reading the New York Times, if he can handle it.

My, we're a bit tetchy aren't we?  While I'm neither American nor
middle-class, many people who are just fine by me are both.  Given
that the Times' canonical readers is hardly your basic M.C.American,
you should pay more attention to rhetorical consistency in future
polemics.  My problem with most of Homer's characters is that
they're vicious, self-important, thin-skinned, and dishonest.
I acknowledge that many have loved these books and that probably
there's something there, just (unlike the Cantos) not for me.

And let me reiterate my recommendation of T.E. Lawrence's
letters, and not just for their remarks on Homer (and one or
two on EP if I recall correctly) - really great stuff.

>Or if he really wants to make decisions about Homer he should take the time
>and put out the effort to read the Iliad in Greek.

That may well be it.  -Tim