Archive for April, 2015

‘Pluck’ in Measure for Measure

April 26, 2015

The word ‘pluck’ (as a verb) seemed to occur an unusual number of times in Measure for Measure, or at least to be used in unusual ways. In brief: Angelo ‘plucks down’ (closes) the brothels in Vienna; the Duke says “liberty plucks justice by the nose” in Vienna; a specific brothel is described as having been “plucked down”; Isabella claims that Angelo “plucks on others”, and later yearns to “pluck out” his eyes. Finally, Lucio, in the play’s last mention, claims falsely that he ‘plucked’ the friar (the disguised Duke) ‘by the nose’ for having spoken abusively of the Duke, (in fact, it was Lucio himself who’d insulted the duke.)

Act I: “All houses in the suburbs of Vienna must be plucked down” [1.2.95] (pompey); “liberty plucks justice by the nose” [1.3.29] (Duke);

Act II: “He, sir! a tapster, sir; parcel-bawd; one that serves a bad woman; whose house, sir, was, as they say, plucked down in the suburbs” [2.1.65] (Elbow); ” I know your virtue hath a licence in’t, Which seems a little fouler than it is, To pluck on others” [2.4.146] (Isabella to Angelo);

Act III:

Act IV: “O, I will to him and pluck out his eyes!” [4.3.119] (Isabella to disguised Duke, of Angelo).

Act V: “O thou damnable fellow! Did not I pluck thee by the nose for thy speeches?” [5.1.345] (Lucio to Duke, disguised as friar.)

April 19, 2015

that “sighs are to thoughts as groans are to bodily aches” repetitive thoughts like repetitive motions and resulting in the degradation of mental parts like physical joints — the aching back more of an ooch the recurring thought more a blowing (a soundless o or tongueless sibilant)– to reflect upon: “motions are the thoughts of the body” — (why wouldn’t thoughts be the thoughts of the body?) — because motions are an emanation of the whole body and thoughts are an emanation of one part of it– “a great civilization coming from out of the mediterranean isn’t a mouth piece for the whole of the turning earth” […]


Peter Singer I don’t think can be right here. If giving is only for the transference of property from a party with more to a party with less I suppose he could be right, but doesn’t giving provide something to the giver as well? isn’t there a spiritual concern in the person of the giver that giving addresses? If that concern exists only because of the unequal distribution of goods, I suppose a universal tax on wealth and income would suffice to resolve it (despite the fact that it would substantially divorce one from the experience of giving). And I suppose, too, that it may be there are other ways to resolve such a spiritual concern besides giving; it may be that the spiritual concern of some people may lie rather in the direction of receiving; maybe we could feed and clothe everyone first, and afterwards focus on spiritual shortcomings, in whatever direction they may lie — put another’s material want above one’s spiritual want… What if it were the case (although I think this is not the case) that no one could address spiritual issues until everyone had been clothed and fed? if a precondition for any morality or prayer to be possible was that everyone who wants to be is clothed and fed?


perhaps the “precariously situated” boulder, as wikipedia has it, of the Course of Empire paintings achieves the same “repeating note” effect thought of here but visually

“rain drop”

April 12, 2015

….something that tries to connect and contrast (that tries to determine the underlying appeal of) the “repeating same note effect” that occurs in both “better git it…” and “heroin.” and maybe also the “raindrop prelude” [#15] — another question — is the “repeating same note effect” the same as the “repeating word effect” [a la]; that is, is the repetition of notes in musical works and of words in dramatical works comparable on the level of their effects? and (somewhat related) is there a comparison to be made between repetition, as it appears in the arts, and coincidence, as it occurs in the world? — another question — what is it that keeps repetition from becoming repetitive? How interesting would the “rain drop” prelude be if it were only its repeated note?

HORACE / plants in the odes and epodes

April 5, 2015

Plants by Book

(1) (2) (3) (4) (Ep.)

Plants in All Books (by type)

Arbutus (arbutus: (1.1.21); (1.17.5). Ash (ornus): (1.9.12); (2.9.8); (3.27.58). Ash (fraxinus): (3.25.16). Balsam (balanus): (3.29.4). Blackberry bush (rubus): (1.23.6). Citron (citreus): (4.1.20). Cypress (cupressus): (1.9.11); (2.14.22); (4.6.10); (Ep.5.17). Elm (ulmus): (1.2.9); (2.15.5). Endive (chickory) (cichorium): (1.31.16). Fig tree, wild (caprificus): (Ep.5.18).Fig (ficus): (Ep.16.46).Garlic (allium): (Ep.3.3).Grape-berry (uva): (1.20.10); (2.5.6); (2.6.16); (Ep.2.20). Grape-vine (vitis): (1.18.1), (1.20.11); (1.31.10; (1.38.8); (3.1.44); (3.23.6); (4.5.30); (Ep.2.9). Grass (gramen): (1.15.30); (2.3.6); (3.7.26); ((4.7.1), (4.12.9); (Ep.2.17).Hemlock (cicuta): (Ep.3.3).Ivy (hedera): (1.1.29); (1.25.17); (1.36.20); (4.11.4). Laurel (laurus): (2.1.15); (2.2.22); (2.7.19); (2.15.9); (3.4.19); (3.14.2); (3.30.16); (4.2.9); (Ep.15.5).Lily (lilium):(1.36.16). Linden tree (philyra): (1.38.2). Mallow (malva): (1.31.16); (Ep.2.68).Myrrh (myrrha): (murreus) (3.14.2). Myrtle (myrtum): “viridis“(1.4.9); (1.25.18); (1.38.5), (1.38.7); (2.7.25); (2.15.6); (3.4.19); (3.23.16). Oak (robur): (1.1.3). Oaken (robustus): (3.16.2). Oak (quercus): (1.12.12); quercetum (2.9.7); (3.23.10); (4.13.10). Oak (aesculus):(aesculetum) (1.22.14); (3.10.17). Oak (ilex): (3.13.14), (3.23.10); (4.4.57); (Ep.2.23); (Ep.10.8); (Ep.15.5), (Ep.16.47). Olive (oliva): (1.7.7),(1.8.8); (1.31.15); oliveta (2.15.7); (Ep.2.56); (Ep.16.45). Palm (palma): (1.1.5); (3.20.12); (4.2.18). Parsley/ celery (apium):(1.36.16); (2.7.24); (4.11.3). Pear (pirum): (Ep.2.19).Pine (pinus): (1.14.11); (2.3.9); (2.10.10); (2.11.14); (3.22.5); (4.6.10). Pine / Pitch-pine (taeda): (4.4.43. Plane Tree (platanus): (2.11.13); (2.15.4). Poplar (populeus): (1.7.23); (2.3.9); (Ep.2.10). Rose (rosa): (1.5.1), (1.36.15), (1.38.3); (2.3.14); (2.11.14); (3.15.15); (3.19.22); (3.29.3); (4.10.4). Rosemary (ros marinus): (3.23.15-16). Seaweed (alga): (3.17.10). Sorrel (lapathum): (Ep.2.57).Spikenard (costum): (3.1.44); (4.12.16), (4.12.17). Thyme (thymum): (1.17.6); (4.2.29). Tragopogon (come): (1.21.5); (4.7.2). Violet (viola): violarium (2.15.5). Willow (grove) (salictum): (2.5.6).


(arbor): “glory grows like” (1.12.45); (1.18.1); (1.22.18); “lyre once heeded by trees” (1.24.14); tree (arbos) almost killing Horace (2.13.3) same tree referred to as “truncus” in (2.17.27); [truncus again (2.19.11)]; (2.14.22; (3.1.30); (3.4.27); “almost sent to my grave by a–“(3.8.8); “unmarried” (4.5.30); (4.7.2); (Ep.2.56); tree on hillside (Ep.12.20), (Ep.16.46).

General References

Flower (flos) (1.4.10); grove (lucus) (1.4.11); grove (lucus) (1.7.13); orchard (pomarius)(1.7.14); garland (corona) (1.7.23); woods (sylvae) (1.9.3), logs (lignum) (1.9.5); “carpe diem” (carpe has of ‘pluck’) (1.11.8); woods (sylvae) (1.12.8), grove (lucus) (1.12.60); “rosy” (1.13.2); sylvae (1.14.11); woodland (nemus) (1.17.5), “garland” (1.17.27), leaves (frons) (1.18.12); turf, cut sod (caespes) (1.19.14); Sacred Bough (verbena): (1.19.14); woodland (nemus) (1.21.5), silva & viridis (1.21.8); Sabine wood (sylva) (1.22.9); sylva (1.23.4), leaf (folium) (1.23.6); leafy branch (frons) (1.25.19); flower (flos) (1.26.7), garland (1.26.8); “woods of Venusia” (1.28.27); cornfield (seges) (1.31.4); garland (1.38.2); branches (ramus) (2.3.11); “blooms” (flos)(2.3.14); “woodland” (saltus)(2.3.17); “green meadows” (virentis compos) (2.5.6); “berry, round fruit” (baca) (2.6.16); garland/ garlanded (2.7.7/24); leaves (folium)(2.9.8); flowers (flos) (2.11.9); lumber (lignum) (2.13.3); branches (ramus) (2.15.9); thyrsus (2.19.11). arbustum (3.1.10); vineyard (vinea) (3.1.29); grove (lucus)(3.4.7); leaves (frons) (3.4.12); “glade” (saltus) (3.4.15); “trunks” (truncus)(3.4.55) [see entry for “tree” in book ii]; thicket (dumetum) (3.4.63), woods (silva) (3.4.63); Flower (flos) (3.8.2); turf (caespes) (3.8.4); cork (cortex) (3.8.10); cork (cortex) (3.9.22); nemus, satum (3.10.5-6); woods (sylva) (3.11.13; thicket (fruticetum) (3.12.12); Flower (flos) (3.13.2); “garland” (corona and vitta) (3.14.8,17); flos (3.15.15); silva (3.16.29); woodland (nemus) (3.17.9), leaf (folium) (3.17.9), firwood (lignum) (3.17.14); “grassy” herbosus) (3.18.9), woods, leaves (sylva, fronds) (3.18.14); “Rosy” (Rhode) (3.19.27); woodland (nemus) (3.22.1); fruit (frux) (3.23.4), fruit bearing (pomifer) (3.23.8), crop (seges) (3.23.6), herbage (herba) (3.23.11), “a sort of grain” (far) (3.23.20); fruit (frux) (3.24.13), Ceres (3.24.13); woodland (nemus) (3.25.2); vine-leaf (pampinus) (3.25.20); Flower (flos)/ garland (corona) (3.27.29-30), pluck (carpere) flowers (flos), (3.27.44), sap (sucus) (3.27.54); flos (3.29.3), Sylvanus, thickets (dumetum) (3.29.23), stock, stem (stirps) (3.29.37).flos (4.1.32); nemus (4.2.30); leaves (frons) (4.2.36); herba (4.2.55); folium (4.3.7), nemus (4.3.11); frons (4.4.58); Ceres (4.5.18); “crops” (frux) (4.6.39); pomifer, frux (4.7.11); vine-leaf (pampinus)(4.8.33); “blossom, flower” (flos) (4.10.4); garden (hortus) (4.11.2) leafy twig (verbena)(4.11.7); slip, shoot (propago) (Ep.2.9); branches (ramos) (Ep.2.13); fruit tree (pomus) (Ep.2.17), woods (silva) (Ep.2.17), fire wood (lignis) (Ep.2.43), branches of trees (ramis arborum)(Ep.2.56), “blades, leaves” (herba)(Ep.2.57); “salad” (herbis) (Ep.3.7); herba (Ep.5.21), herba and root (radix) (Ep.5.67-68); woods (nemus) (Ep.6.9); woods (silva) (Ep.11.6); woods (silva) (Ep.13.2), “nard” (nardus) (Ep.13.2); Ceres, floreo (Ep.16.43-44), vine-garden (vinea) (Ep.16.44), branch (termes) (Ep.16.45), seed (semen) (Ep.16.55).

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