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By Margaret Tudeau-Clayton, Martin Warnerd

Frank Kermode's paintings has continuously been vital to scholars of English literature. In those essays, major students severely verify Kermode's texts and query his illustration of literary examine, delivering their very own interpretative suggestions.

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As Johnson wrote in his Life of Milton more than a hundred years later, 'All mankind will, through all ages, bear the same relation to Adam and Eve, and must partake of that good and evil which extend to themselves' (1905: I, 174-5). The first line, 'Of man's first disobedience, and the fruit', tells of the first, constitutive act of humanity as we know it in ourselves. It is not, indeed, a Creation-of-the-World opening, but we are moving closer to that Hebraic extreme. I am suggesting that an exclusively formalist account - an account which admits no concept of beginning other than that created by a fictive reading in - will never be adequate for these canonical openings, for all their manifestly literary character.

123) 40 Essays in Criticism I have dwelt at some length on the moral aspects of Kermode' s argument partly as a way of measuring the distance we have travelled from the seemingly febrile Zarathustrian cheerfulness with which Nietzsche, in a late phase, greeted the thought that transparency and the single sense are unattainable, that all is 'perspective and illusion'. The Genesis of Secrecy is not a cheerful book. But it is a serious one, and its un-Nietzschean preference for truth over illusion is not one that can easily be laughed off.

In Ovid animus is the confessed origin of a poem which terminates, likewise, in the personality of the poet; vivam, 'I shall live' is the last word of the Metamorphoses. (See Galinsky 1975: 44). The gods invoked are the gods of a nostalgically viewed cosmology, something other than the poet and the poem. 36 Essays in Criticism I have moved somewhat from my original anthithesis. The difference between a natural and a formal beginning becomes, as we close with the mystery of the Homeric intervention, less important than the growing distance between the poet and the matter of his poem.

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