Latin Poetry and the Judgement of Taste: An Essay in by Charles Martindale

By Charles Martindale

This publication argues for a brand new consciousness to the significance of attractiveness and the cultured in our reaction to poetry. Charles Martindale explores ways that Kant's aesthetic conception, as set out within the Critique of Judgement, is still of basic value for the fashionable critic. He argues that the Kantian "judgement of flavor" isn't really formalist, and explores the connection among the classy and the political in our responses to artwork. ultimately he urges the worth of aesthetic feedback as pioneered by means of Walter Pater and others. The (mainly Latin) poems mentioned are all translated, and the publication may be of curiosity not just to classicists yet to a person attracted to aesthetics, aestheticism, poetry, reception, comparative literature, and important theory.

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Beauty is not a purely private matter. If I take delight in a beautiful object, I want to share that delight. Alexander Nehamas puts the point well: The judgment of taste . . is more like hearing something call me, a guess or a hope that if that thing were part of my life it would somehow make it more worthwhile. But when I Wnd something beautiful, even when I speak only to myself, I expect others to join me and make that beautiful thing part of their own lives as well. 51 So it is unsurprising that for Kant the aesthetic is indeed a prime site for sociability: The empirical interest in the beautiful exists only in society.

81 Cf. Mothersill (1984) 176 and 277: ‘What makes the concept of beauty indispensable is the fact that there is a particular complex capacity, that of taking various items to be beautiful, which is central to our form of life. In support of this claim, I have argued that a description of a person who lacked that capacity would Wnd its natural place, if anywhere, in the literature of psychopathology’. 28 Immanuel Kant and Aesthetic Judgement basing his theory on the idea of a universal human subject who is male.

In our seven-league boots—which in the near future prodigies such as ourselves will be born with—we stride unceremoniously on into eternity. Oh, what a very pitiable, uncomfortable position we are in, with one leg in the future and its 122 In this connection Manning (2001) 212 illuminatingly quotes the Wnal section of Wallace Stevens’s Notes towards a Supreme Fiction: ‘ . . stop just short, | Red robin, stop in your preludes, practicing | Mere repetitions. These things at least comprise | An occupation, an exercise, a work, | A thing Wnal in itself and, therefore, good: | One of the vast repetitions Wnal in | Themselves and, therefore, good, the going round | And round and round, the merely going round, | Until merely going round is a Wnal good, | The way wine comes at a table in a wood.

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