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Creative Writing Week Three 1. Compare two Chinese Translations 2. Paradox 3. Homework and discussion 4. Emily Dickinson/ time and eternity
羅伯特‧弗羅斯特 (ROBERT FROST) 未選擇的路 The Road Not Taken http://usinfo.org/chinese_cd/AmReader/BIG5/p535.htm
1 黃葉林中出條岔路， 無奈一人難於兼顧， 順著一條婉蜒小路， 久久佇立極目遠眺， 只見小徑拐進灌木。 Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth;
2 接著選擇了另一條， 同樣清楚似乎更好， 引人踩踏鋪滿茂草， 踏在其間難分彼此， 儘管真有兩條道。 Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same,
3 清晨裏躺著兩條路， 一樣葉被無人踏髒， 願將第一條來日補， 但知條條相連遠途， 懷疑日後怎能回返。 Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same,
4 在很久以後某一地， 我將歎息訴說於人， 兩路岔開在樹林裏， 我選的那條足跡稀， 而一切差別由此起 。 I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I– I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.
etymology Latin paradoxum, from Greek paradoxon, from neuter of paradoxos contrary to expectation, from para- + dokein to think, seem 1 : a tenet contrary to received opinion
paradox (logic) a self-contradiction; "`I always lie' is a paradox because if it is true it must be false“ Cretan paradox
logical paradox A logical paradox consists of a statement which if true is false and if false is true. Thus consider "I am lying." If it is true and I am lying, then I am saying something false (that is what a lie is) and if it is false and I am saying something false, then it is true that I am lying. Such a statement is self-contradictory It contradicts itself. Its truth entails its falsity and its falsity entails its truth
Dilemma? A statement that appears to contradict itself, for example, suggesting a solution which is actually impossible
A paradoxical phenomenon http://encyclopedia.laborlawtalk.com/index.php self-flowing flask fills itself in this diagram, but perpetual motion machines don't exist.perpetual motion machines
Emily Dickinson 1830–1886. Comprising 597 poems of the Belle of Amherst, whose life of the Imagination formed the transcendental bridge to modern American poetry.
Western canon Dickinson manifests more cognitive originality than any other Western poet since Dante. Dickinson rethought everything for herself, but she wrote lyrical meditations rather than stage dramas or mythopetic epics.
The Complete Poems Part One: LifeLife Part Two: NatureNature Part Three: LoveLove Part Four: Time and EternityTime and Eternity Part Five: The Single HoundThe Single Hound http://www.bartleby.com/113/
The Poetry of Emily Dickinson read by Laura Lee Parrotti In RealAudio http://wiredforbooks.org/poetry/laura_lee_parrotti.htm http://wiredforbooks.org/poetry/laura_lee_parrotti.htm
Time and eternity Epistemic sphere/ Concepts “religious”/ divine/ dignity Philosophical contemplation Poetic practice
1 ONE dignity delays for all, One mitred afternoon. None can avoid this purple, None evade this crown. Coach it insures, and footmen, Chamber and state and throng; Bells, also, in the village, As we ride grand along.
2 What dignified attendants, What service when we pause! How loyally at parting Their hundred hats they raise! How pomp surpassing ermine, When simple you and I Present our meek escutcheon, And claim the rank to die!
Metaphors/ metonymy Mitred afternoon This purple This crown Hundred hats Meek escutcheon
On the contrary One Dignity Delay Crown
Words related to time... Free association list words or phrases Make a connection: pairs of contradictory temporal concepts Find words from Dickinson’s poems...(p.9-p.11)
miter 1 : a liturgical headdress worn by bishops and abbots 2 a : a surface forming the beveled end or edge of a piece where a joint is made by cutting two pieces at an angle and fitting them together b : MITER JOINTMITER JOINT