By Margaret Larkin
This exhaustive and but mesmerizing research considers the lifestyles and paintings of al-Mutanabbi (915-965), frequently considered as the best of the classical Arab poets. A innovative at middle and sometimes imprisoned or compelled into exile all through his tumultuous existence, al-Mutanabbi wrote either arguable satires and while hired by way of one in every of his many consumers, laudatory panegyrics. making use of an ornate variety and use of the ode, al-Mutanabbi used to be one of many first to effectively circulate clear of the generally inflexible type of Arabic verse, the ‘qasida’.
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In these chapters, attempting to interrelate, in terms of Coleridgean-Emersonian polarities, such antagonisms as quotation and originality, tuition and intuition, passivity and activity, Nature and Mind, I contrast discursive knowledge and immediately experienced “life,” in which Nature is alternately a quasi mother and our best teacher—before becoming, though infused with spirit, a servant to the sovereign mind. According to volume 3 of Schelling’s System of Transcendental Idealism, the polarity of subject and object, conscious intelligence and unconscious nature, could be resolved by the imagination.
Whether this view or calling—which Cavell has named “moral perfectionism”—is “essentially elitist, or on the contrary whether its imagining of justice is essential to the aspiration of a democratic society, is a guiding question” in his book. Noting that “a principal object of Emerson’s thinking is to urge a reconsideration” of the relation, and the relative “priority,” of soul (or self) and society, Cavell implies an association made explicit in a forthcoming study by Jennifer Gurley, who reads Emerson’s Nature through the prism of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, emphasizing the enlightened individual’s communal responsibility to enlighten others—a task later assumed by Nietzsche’s Zarathustra.
Rejecting the depiction of Emersonian individualism as a “social value,” even “the flowering of democracy” (a thesis nuanced in Cavell, “strenuous” in George Kateb), Donoghue presents an “arch-radical” with “no interest in providing professors of politics with a theory of 20 EMERSON, ROMANTICISM, AND INTUITIVE REASON in the Intimations Ode, culminating in that “light of all our day” to which Emerson repeatedly refers. Finally, taken as a whole, what follows is less an “influence study” than an exploration of elective affinities, family resemblances, and analogies binding together in a visionary company a number of highly individual writers exhibiting “original Genius of a high order”—especially, though not exclusively, Milton, Coleridge, Wordsworth, and Emerson, with more peripheral attention to Carlyle, Hazlitt, Keats, Thoreau, Whitman, Nietzsche, Yeats, and Stevens.