English 1022E Lecture Notes - Beauty, Aestheticism, Authorial Intent

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English lecture (ode on a grecian urn) november 25, 2010. On the board: doctrine of recollection, platonic forms/ladder, platonic triad, aestheticism, undecidability, indeterminacy, intentional fallacy , pastoral: classical, christian. There is a belief that we come with a knowledge of truths, but as we age we lose our memories of these truths. This idea that children have this knowledge of the world that adults don"t (in u. s. a there are lots of drawings portraying children with big, all seeing eyes to show this idea) We looked at wordsworths ode: intimation of immortality p. 1541. As time goes by the physical gives way to the metaphysical. Contentment replaces the glow, splendor and vision that a child has of the world. Children have some special insight which is lost to us as adults. You get to love one particular poetic landscape; you then will remember the beauteous forms of that landscape and from that you build up an ideal landscape.

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