Tuesday, 13 August 2013

31 - Greene/Blake/Hume

David Hume. Of Refinement in the Arts. According to Hume indulgences are only vices when pursued at the expense of virtues, but in the Latin classics the ruin of the state was ascribed to the arts and riches imported from the East. Hume says they were wrong and contends that progress in the arts leads to greater freedom and equality.

William Blake. To the Evening Star. A very poetic and beautiful poem about the planet Venus (I assume!) Lots of symbolism and use of metaphors in this one. 

Graham Greene. Special Duties (1954). I love Greene's descriptions, such as in this story of Miss Saunders, who mouses in and gives the impression of moving close to the ground. Miss Saunders is employed to seek indulgences from the Catholic Church for her rich employer.

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