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There Burke invokes the past in his defense of tradition in order to preempt the reversion to a much more distant past by the reform position: "We have not (as I conceive) lost the generosity and dignity of thinking of the fourteenth century, nor as yet have we subtilized ourselves into savages.
a microcosm in which the social macrocosm is subtilized and intensified.
The poet is a namer and what he names is the most subtilized ether, empyrean invented to fill non-existent spaces; he lives within the residual perfume of names, haunted home.
Islam brought an imperious theism, reasserting a Semitic faith that had been not only subtilized but betrayed--as Islam saw it--by Christian theology.