Dr. Ibrahim: Are you serious? Did you think my posting was in agreement with your position on the value of over-explaining simple concepts to beginning learners? Obviously you are not a professor of satire and sarcasm. You like Voltaire; I like Alexander Pope:
The bookful blockhead, ignorantly read,
With loads of learned lumber in his head.
Essay on Criticism. Part iii. Line 53
I didn't over-expalin. You will find out if you go back to my first post. The first answer was simply inadequate. Although you say you like Pope you don't seem to have read his poetry carefully. So to quote Pope again I would say:
A little learning is a dangerous thing;
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring:
There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
And drinking largely sobers us again.
Essay on Criticism. Part ii. Line 15.
You can see things differently depending on your metaphysics (not irony), perspective and seriousness. Btw I enjoy reading Pope and Gray. But Coleridge not Wordsworth is my favourite.
Originally Posted by mykwyner
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