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If Frye considers literature a rhetorical analogue of sacred truth, or a "secular scripture," Shaw establishes kerygma as a parameter of various conjunctions and transmissions of oracular and aphoristic texts in Western and Eastern religious, philosophical, and literary traditions.
"Musings at the End of Modernity: An Aphoristic Essay" is a collection of aphorisms, or short, to the point paragraphs speaking author Conor O'Brian Barnes' opinion on many things about life.
He communicates through elegantly scribbled notes, some of which are directly presented to the camera and others of which are used throughout the film as aphoristic chapter headings.
Although his words may retain their familiarity--the aphoristic "[t]he pen is mightier than the sword" from his play Richelieu (1839), for instance--their proper attribution often goes unrecognized.
This sentiment is echoed throughout Reading Writing, an impressionistic, aphoristic, and deeply personal collection of essays on reading, writing and the arts.
We start with a pithily aphoristic survey of Auden's life and character by his biographer Richard Davenport-Hines, then move through a trio of essays on the three phases of Auden's literary career--English, American, and European--before we reach a series of generic studies, including a stimulating consideration of the prose works by Tony Sharpe and a valuable piece on the light verse by Stan Smith himself, which before long devours the whole oeuvre.
He is polite and charming about his teachers, an agreeable trait from my point of view; he is consistent over the time-span of these pieces, remarkable given that much is aphoristic in the tradition of inconsistent architectural chat; and, after nearly 40 years he still wants to be a roadie for the Stones.
Perhaps inspired by her subject matter, Price has a gift for the aphoristic turn of phrase, as when, in her third chapter's discussion of George Eliot's anthologizers, she notes that Eliot's "protests against sententiousness are undercut more subtly by their own sententious form" (132).
This anthology draws together an eclectic collection of poems, essays, stories, and aphoristic reflections created by young women in a Los Angeles program that matches mentors with would-be authors.
A musical "bridge" is affected in the poems by tonal shifts into aphoristic proclamations worthy of Clinton (George) and that, as asides, tend to wink knowingly at the reader.
When Berg began composing the Altenberg-Lieder in 1912 his poetic thoughts centered on Altenberg's aphoristic prose poems the "Texte auf Ansichtkarten" (Picture Postcard Texts).
Given this fine research, it is odd that several other catalogue essays are marred by wilful obscurity dressing up commonplace opinions, aphoristic statements justified merely by a foofnofe to a theorist, or silly observations.