Thread: Literary We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:13 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by caleb72 View Post
And the fact that pursuing the dangerous is often a behaviour mirrored in our own society, we start to fully appreciate just how ill-suited we are to our own version of the United State. And that's a quite important thing to understand - yes?
Very Good point!

It ties in with the attitude of the United State about poetry. It is only "good" and valuable if it is also productive and supports the status quo. Of course, the greatest poetry is often that which interfaces with ideas that are uncomfortable, upsetting, even dangerous--in that they question an accepted convention

In addition D has a kind of split personality. On one hand there is the purely ideological intellectual side of his mentality. But he also has these atavistic ape-like hairy hands. Thus, a part of him is drawn to danger and change while another part embraces the unchanging stasis of the Unitary State. The two loves, O and I, reflect this dualism in his emotional life.

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