A Word Child (Vintage Classics) by Iris Murdoch PDF

By Iris Murdoch

ISBN-10: 1409044009

ISBN-13: 9781409044000

Kept from a antisocial adolescence by means of schooling, cheated out of Oxford through a sad love tangle, Hilary Burde cherishes his obsessive guilt and ekes out a dwelling in a lifeless civil provider task.

When the fellow whom he has harmed and betrayed reappears as head of his division, Hilary hopes for forgiveness, even for redemption and a brand new existence, yet unearths himself haunted by way of a ghostly repetition.

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5 Evidently, Kodo¯jin and his friends recreated the occasion more than eighteen hundred years later: A Literary Gathering at the Studio of Auspicious Fragrance Bird shadows sink in distant mist; bell tones emerge from blue green colors. Returning sunlight—solitary flowers whiten; deep woods—renewed freshness radiates. touching these scenes, we indulge in noble chanting, seated in a row, our winged cups flying. A southern warmth blows away our worries; with loosened lapels, we forget yesterday’s woes.

Kodo¯jin also wrote two haiku that allude to Tao’s love of chrysanthemums, which the poet had planted by a hedge: Kaki no ue ni yama sukoshi miete Over the hedge a few mountains can be seen— kiku no hana chrysanthemums Kimi ga ie mo Your house too— kigiku bakari o planted only with uetari na yellow chrysanthemums Kodo¯jin’s richest tribute to T’ao Yuan-ming, however, comes in a poem in which he refers to T’ao’s taking the strings off his ch’in (a literati sevenstring zither often translated as ‘‘lute’’), since he fully understood the sound of the strings.

Shall we join him? The question of guests continues in the next poem, since the phrase ‘‘clap my hands’’ means to greet visitors: Years ago, I was first to ‘‘clap my hands’’; when guests arrived, it brought joy to my face! But this place is quite remote, secluded, only the white clouds return to the worldly sphere. And so I became a ‘‘scholar beneath the woods,’’ trancelike, alone viewing mountains. . All I do is smile and never answer: heaven and earth, together with my heart, serene. 27 28 Kodo¯jin’s Life and Art Figure 7.

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