From: allenroy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Oct 08 2002 - 11:21:25 EDT
I love it!!!!!!!!!
Sounds just like all the "real" babble that comes from the JEPD corner!!!
>>From Edmund P. Clowney, 1960, Eutychus.
>The original source material which follows shows the value of a
>scholarly interpretation of a familiar text:
>Humpty-Dumpty sat on an wall.
>Humpty-Dumpty had a great fall.
>We need not stop to discuss the critical questions which surround
>this classical text. It is generally understood by modenr scholars
>to be a conflation of H and D. The Humptyist (H) may well have
>written ¤Humpty sat on a wall.Ë The original Deutero-Dumptyist (D2)
>probably had the reading ¤Dumpty had a fall.Ë A later redactor,
>acquainted with both traditions, and struck by the rhyming
>possibilities (Humpty/Dumpty; wall/fall) joined the conflicting
>accounts in a couplet. the adjective ¤greatË is almost certainly a
>later gloss, which may be traced to lapsarian circles in Great Falls,
>Minnesota. The formgeschichtlich school traces the term to a
>sitz-im-kindergarten which favored exaggeration and legendary
>embellishment, but this has now been decisively rejected by I. E.
>Hohlkopfig (Z. A. G. XCMIII: 4, p. 116).
>Our primary interest, however, is not in the vicissitudes of history
>which led to the challenging statement of the text. The fascinating
>speculations of Glowinkel linking our couplet with the festival of
>the Easter egg roll cannot be commented upon here. We pass over the
>moralizing and allegorizing that many have found in C. Dodgson,
>Through the Looking-Glass (Ch. I, ¤Humpty-DumptyË).
>Instead, we turn to the simple declaration of the text. to be sure,
>the literal picture of an animate egg in a sitting posture on a stone
>wall is absurd from the scientific standpoint, for it escapes
>scientific categories. This fall did not occur in calendar time, but
>in the egg╠s act time, oval history. It gives mythological
>expression to the human predicament. as the Monarchist observes in
>those existential lines which he has added in conclusion:
>All the king╠s horses and all the king╠s men
>Couldn╠t put Humpty-Dumpty in his place again.
> Dr. David Campbell
> Old Seashells
> University of Alabama
> Biodiversity & Systematics
> Dept. Biological Sciences
> Box 870345
> Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 USA
>That is Uncle Joe, taken in the masonic regalia of a Grand Exalted
>Periwinkle of the Mystic Order of Whelks-P.G. Wodehouse, Romance at
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