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5 crucial and demanding essays via best post-modern theorists at the artwork and nature of interpretation: Jacques Derrida, Harold Bloom, Geoffrey Hartman, Paul de guy, and J. Hillis Miller.

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Shelley is certainly not alone in thus characterizing and praising Rousseau, but the configuration between self, heart and action is given even wider significance when Rousseau compares himself to the Greek philosophers. Aristotle turns out to be, like Rousseau, a double structure held together by the connivance of words and deeds; if he is now enslaved to the eroding process of "life," it is because he does not exist singly, as pure mind, but cannot be separated from the "woes and wars" his pupil Alexander the Great inflicted upon the PAUL DE MAN 49 world.

The picture is almost finished, The surprise almost over, as when one looks OUt, Startled by a snowfall which even now is Ending in specks and sparkles of snow. It happened while you were inside, asleep, And there is no reason why you should have Been awake for it, except that the day Is ending and it will be hard for you To get to sleep tonight, at least until late. " But instead of the Stevensian "clearness emerging/From cold," with a power surpassing sleep's power, Ashbery Opts for a lesser pathos, for an uneasiness, however Sublime, rather than a transcendence.

5 "My brain became as sand" suggests the modification of a knowledge into the surface on which this knowledge ought to be recorded. Ought to be, for instead of being clearly imprinted it is "more than half erased" and covered over. " They mark a stage in the metamorphosis of Rousseau into his present state or shape; when we first meet him, he is . . what I thought was an old root which grew To strange distortion out eX the hill side . . And. . the grass which methought hung 50 wide And white, was but his thin discoloured hair, And.

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