[Dream Gate] [Poet Glas]

The Clarity of Confusion

I was monkeying around with the meanings of memes, paradigms, icons, indices, and semiotic signs when the following came to me. I'm more the picaroon than the vatic Vedic, but I would hope that you would find some pleasure in:

A problem I've found in studying figures of thought: crafty
men who make up these meanings do not agree. Raised studying
tropes, through many a book have I sought; outlined ideas
of such I still cannot see. Some kennings are memes, unless
you change paradigms old; then are similes signs, unless
they are icons bright? In indices cause and effect can
sometimes be told; cold metaphors anastrophic are Cullen's
delight. Prose or prosody, still I would hope to find
Olympian exactitude in this search for form. Esemplastic
virtue I'd not mind; mere pedantry here were shelter in the
storm. Each autotelic theory frustrates me; Despite these
views, I'm adrift on Mnenosyne's sea.

copyright 29 Jan 1991, by Earle B. 'Glas' Durboraw.

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