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DoctorViggo in St. Lawrence University 2006

Started by edjane_maps, May 22, 2006, 09:56:36 pm

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edjane_maps

Viggo congratulations,you deserve,my dear !!!!!!!!!! :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*
edjane maps :)

gkg

Viggo gave a damn good address too:

http://web.stlawu.edu/commence/mortensen_speech.html

for those unfamiliar with it, it\'s a wonderful piece, one of Auden\'s best in my view, entitled September 1, 1939:

I sit in one of the dives
On Fifty-second Street
Uncertain and afraid
As the clever hopes expire
Of a low dishonest decade:
Waves of anger and fear
Circulate over the bright
And darkened lands of the earth,
Obsessing our private lives;
The unmentionable odour of death
Offends the September night.

Into this neutral air
Where blind skyscrapers use
Their full height to proclaim
The strength of Collective Man,
Each language pours its vain
Competitive excuse...

The windiest militant trash
Important Persons shout
Is not so crude as our wish:
...
For the error bred in the bone
Of each woman and each man
Craves what it cannot have,
Not universal love
But to be loved alone.

I and the public know
What all schoolchildren learn,
Those to whom evil is done
Do evil in return.

All I have is a voice
To undo the folded lie,
The romantic lie in the brain
Of the sensual man-in-the-street
And the lie of Authority
Whose buildings grope the sky:
There is no such thing as the State
And no one exists alone;
Hunger allows no choice
To the citizen or the police;
We must love one another or die.

Defenceless under the night
Our world in stupor lies;
Yet, dotted everywhere,
Ironic points of light
Flash out wherever the Just
Exchange their messages:
May I, composed like them
Of Eros and of dust,
Beleaguered by the same
Negation and despair,
Show an affirming flame.
Peace.

image = <i>"Blue Velvet"</i> (front of 2-sided piece) (c) georgia k griffin - all rights reserved

oldfolkie

Thanks for posting the whole poem, gkg, I agree with you -- one of his best and so apposite. A well-considered talk, too, I\'m glad the University posted the text for general consumption.

Doctor Viggo, eh?  ;) Well, may he enjoy the honour in good health, and may the grads who heard his talk take his words seriously. The world can use more critical thinkers.

Congratulations to Viggo!  8)
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity. ~  R.A. Heinlein