Is the man the Father to the Grandfather?

This graduated role reversal of humility is an act worth thinking about. Revolutions take place despite our preoccupation with initiation. As the world turns, living is perpetual, limited to our species in language only.

By William Wordsworth, Mary Shelley, Carl Jung, Gore Vidal, Rachel Carson,

Jul 26, 2022
10 min read
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Is the man the Father to the Grandfather?

The child is father of the man.
— William Wordsworth (1770-1850)
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Anthropomorphic Global Darkness

Is the man the Father of the Grandfather?

The child is father of the man.
— William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

The titled responsion is surrounded by man-made darkness. At its core, William's words of wisdom begin and end with the child. I am guessing that the father and the grandfather are both witnesses to the authentic, natural beauty of a child, teaching us through simply Being in this world.

This graduated role reversal of humility is an act worth thinking about. Revolutions take place despite our preoccupation with initiation. As the world turns, living is perpetual, limited to our species in a language only.

William Wordsworth wrote many famous works, such as "Selection, Autumn Leaves, and "Song of Hiawatha." His most famous and most commonly used work, his poem, "Ode to a Nightingale," is well-known by most Americans today. This famous poem was composed in response to a letter from his friend, the Marquis de Malfi, who had been the lover of the famous poet William Wordsworth. It is said that this letter was written on a misty night in a deserted house in Devon, England. During the night, Wordsworth lost track of his writing and fell into a deep sleep. When he awoke, he reread the poem and later published it in his collection, Poems.

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William Wordsworth was a major English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with their joint publication Lyrical Ballads.
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"Ode to a Nightingale" is famous for the first line, line, "The Child is the Father of the Man," which is often referred to as "the child is the mother of the poet." Many people who have read this poem often claim that the first line was a statement about how Wordsworth feels about himself. It is sometimes said that Wordsworth loved himself more than he loved others. He was a man who felt very much like he was an extension of himself, and he enjoyed being in control. If you look at the poem, the first line also criticizes other people. The Child is considered man's father because he is viewed as the origin of all mankind. Other poems from this collection, like "Sleeping Beauty," are also known to have very strong feminist views.

The poem is often used as an argument between Wordsworth and his friend, the Marquis de Malfi. Although Wordsworth was not a traditionalist, he felt that society was too much of matriarchy and that there should be some balance in the world. Wordsworth believed that everyone needed to be respected and understood, as well as he was respected for himself. He saw himself as a great artist but did not see himself as a great writer.

From the Winds Under the Earth

The very winds whispered in soothing accents, and maternal Nature bade me weep no more.
— Mary Shelley (1797-1851)

The titled responsion is referring to a phrase that I first heard from George Steiner to describe The Shoah, and I believe something that came from Paul Celan. The reason I am not looking this up is that I would like this article to be participatory. I encourage the reader to actively investigate this and submit an article to planksip.  

When Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein in 1818, she had just finished reading Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and was already in a state of mind marked by feelings of uncertainty. She had never written a book before, so her words were somewhat tentative, but she was also very much an unknown quantity. Her descriptions of the novel's main characters were vague, but when Frankenstein talks about his creation, he does so with a feeling of certainty that is quite unlike his usual moods. In Mary Shelley's popular, Gothic novel, Frankenstein, female traits are heavily represented to propagate the more primitive aspects of Enlightenment and Romantic thought.

In Mary Shelley's classic novel, Frankenstein, Shelley introduces Gothic nature scenes to warn readers about impending dark times. One such scene involves Dr. Frankenstein's wife, Mary, trying to explain to him that her husband has been infected with a deadly virus that causes his body to deteriorate and eventually die. Mary becomes agitated when she realizes her husband does not want to discuss this with her, and she begins to cry as she pleads with him to "tell me what it is you're feeling." Her plea falls on deaf ears, however, and Dr. Frankenstein tells her that he must leave the house to find a cure for her husband, which is why he is leaving in the middle of the night.

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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus.
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The next scene, when Mary goes out of town to look for a cure for her husband, is another example of the Gothic nature theme of the novel. Mary is in the outskirts of London, looking for a cure for her father, who was recently killed in a mysterious explosion. The scene consists of Mary walking through the countryside and meeting with people from the Goths, whom she attempts to convince to give her information about her father's death. One of the people she meets, a man in a straw hat and trenchcoat, gives her a false story about how Dr. Frankenstein was forced to make a contract with a devil to use his body for a cure and how the doctor forced Mary's father to kill him to make him a better patient. While Mary is explaining her father's death to him, her father's ghost appears to remind her of his love for her, making her feel angrier. toward the man, who she then tells to leave. but she refuses and then transforms into the black fog and disappears.

I Am Your Father!

Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness's of other people.
— Carl Jung (1875-1961)

The titled responsion emphasizes lineage. As agents, actors, or automatons (take your pick), we can't fully understand and therefore distinguish the difference. Lineage can be genetic and cultural. Distinguishing between the two is open for dialog. What do you have to say?

Knowing your darkness is a great way to deal with the darkness that is your life. Being in the dark and feeling as if there is no light at the end of the tunnel is a difficult and dangerous feeling to live in. But, you have to deal with it, or you will find yourself in a life of constant struggle to get through each day. You have to learn how to get through the darkness to begin to get out into the light.

The first step in learning how to deal with your darkness is to understand what darkness means. To know how to deal with your darkness, you must first understand what darkness is. Darkness is a feeling of being out of whack and out of place as if losing yourself. It is a feeling of sadness and hopelessness. When you are out in the dark, it feels like there is nothing there. Darkness can be a real fear of what lies ahead; when you face the darkness, you have to confront that fear and make it clear that you have hope and are still here.

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Carl Jung was a psychiatrist who founded analytical psychology. Jung’s work was influential in the fields of psychiatry, anthropology, archaeology, literature, philosophy, and religious studies.
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Your fear of what lies ahead is a normal reaction to what you may believe is a certain dark place in your life. However, it is not as simple as deciding to fight that fear. You must confront your fear and figure out what you can do to get through this dark time and move forward. If you have no answers, you may start to withdraw from society and become a recluse. You have to face the fact that you will not be able to solve all of your problems by just sitting back and thinking about them. If you feel like you will lose your mind, you may need professional help dealing with your darkness. You can learn how to deal with your darkness when you learn how to face your darkness and find out what you can do to overcome your fear.

The Möbius is Upon Us

It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know the sense of wonder and humility.
— Rachel Carson (1907-1964)

The titled responsion is referring to a returning of sorts offered by Rachel, who continues to be instrumental in how and why we shape our futures.

Turning in on herself, does the meridian generally separate the haves from the have-nots? North is the new transcendental reality, representing up, privilege and wealth.  I wish it weren't so.

In her groundbreaking book, "The Silent Spring," Rachel Carson sparked an environmental movement that continues today. Carson was an outspoken advocate for women's rights as a leading environmentalist and writer. She was also an advocate for conserving the environment and protecting mother earth.

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Rachel Louise Carson was an American marine biologist, author, and conservationist whose book Silent Spring and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement.
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Carson's work was the first to bring a fresh perspective to environmental issues. Rachel Carson wrote only four books, but each somehow changed our thoughts about ourselves and our world. All four of those published during her lifetime were "best-sellers." A fifth book, The Sense of Wonder (1965, 1998), was published posthumously.

Rachel Carson's story is a great example of how important it is to protect nature. Her writing and activism made a lasting impact. Nowadays, she is still viewed as an environmentalist hero. Her life is a testament to how we can effect positive change in society. If you haven't read Carson's works, you should start now!

Life Doesn't Skip a Generation.

Never have children, only grandchildren.
— Gore Vidal (1925-2012)

The titled responsion is, in typical "Gorey" fashion, a completely ironic statement filled with some truth.  

I can appreciate the illogical nature of Gore Vidal's grandchild truth claim. Mildly true, Sofia sits in a corner with the reality of the logical world bearing down on her wisdom like a metaphor of meaning that has no material significance. Biological non-sense! Genetically the irony runs deep. So what kind of world do you want to leave to your grandchildren?

A new biographical book of Gore Vidal is taking the reviewing machines by storm. Gore Vidal was an iconoclastic writer, politician, author, playwright, film director, editor, literary critic, and publisher. He advocated for political justice, human rights, and social change and opposed Communism and Fascism.

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Eugene Louis “Gore” Vidal was an American writer and public intellectual known for his patrician manner, epigrammatic wit, and polished style of writing.
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As with any book, Grandkids will be full of praise and controversy. It will contain criticism of his writing as well as that of others. There will be a chapter on his first book, One Hundred Words; there will be a chapter on The Twilight Zone, one on the influence of his agent, John Martinis, one on his first editor, Bernard Schrab, and one on his time on Broadway. But perhaps the most interesting chapter will be the chapter on his grandchildren. After reading this book, you'll understand why he became a writer in the first place.

Grandkids is a fun book. It's fast-paced and exciting. Suppose you have never read a Vidal novel before. In that case, you are not alone in your confusion. Initially, it can be hard to determine which direction to go, especially if you are a newcomer to the world of authors. You must start at the beginning of your career to learn the basics. Once you have a foundation of knowledge to build on, Grandparent is a quick read that will entertain and enlighten you.

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