Donald Davidson: The Poet as Citizen

By |2020-02-28T15:58:33-06:00February 28th, 2020|Categories: Agrarianism, Donald Davidson, Literature, Poetry, Politics, South, Southern Agrarians|

It may be true that Donald Davidson went too far in his concern for art’s effect on the community. Given the decadence of much popular and highbrow art in our time, perhaps other readers of Davidson’s verse find themselves in a curious predicament. Like me, they may find fault with the principles of his poetic; [...]

The Art of Intimacy

By |2015-06-05T13:21:51-05:00June 15th, 2015|Categories: Books, Donald Davidson, Southern Agrarians|Tags: |

The Literary Correspondence of Donald Davidson and Allen Tate edited by John Tyree Fain and Thomas Daniel Young. Of those sources ordinarily consulted by literary historians and critics, letters are surely among the most suspect. In the first place, we all write lines that are no more than the accepted conventions of social intercourse: “I apologize [...]

Poetry: Donald Davidson’s “Aunt Maria and the Gourds”

By |2014-01-23T12:55:33-06:00April 8th, 2012|Categories: Donald Davidson, John Crowe Ransom, Literature, M. E. Bradford, Moral Imagination|Tags: |

While studying at the University of Dallas in the early ’90’s, I was taught and influenced by a few notable professors, such as Janet Smith, Frederick Wilhelmsen, Wayne Ambler, Leo Paul de Alvarez, along with a few others. Following Prof. Wilhelmsen after many class lectures back to his office or at least to the university mall, I [...]

Donald Davidson and the South’s Conservatism

By |2018-10-16T20:25:20-05:00June 28th, 2011|Categories: Conservatism, Donald Davidson, RAK, Russell Kirk|Tags: |

Leviathan is a Hebrew word signifying “that which gathers itself in folds.” In the Old Testament, Leviathan is the great sea-beast: “Canst thou draw out leviathan with a hook?” In the 17th century, Thomas Hobbes—whom T.S. Eliot calls “that presumptuous little upstart”—made Leviathan the symbol of the state, or rather of mass-society, composed of innumerable [...]

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