The Resource Secrets of the oracle : a history of wisdom from Zeno to Yeats, W. David Shaw

Secrets of the oracle : a history of wisdom from Zeno to Yeats, W. David Shaw

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Secrets of the oracle : a history of wisdom from Zeno to Yeats
Title
Secrets of the oracle
Title remainder
a history of wisdom from Zeno to Yeats
Statement of responsibility
W. David Shaw
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"What is wisdom? Where does it come from? Where can we find it? And what does it mean in our lives? In Secrets of the Oracle, W. David Shaw explores these questions by turning to the works of wisdom writers, whose words retain their meaning and transformative power even centuries after they were written." "Wisdom literature exists in two shaping forms - the aphorism, geared towards the past, and the oracle, a revolutionary impulse looking to the future. Secrets of the Oracle discusses both types of wisdom, finding them in the works of poets and philosophers from Tennyson and Zeno to Yeats and George Berkeley, from Browning and Schleiermacher to T.S. Eliot and F.H. Bradley. The book also discusses the contribution to wisdom of Jesus and the author of Ecclesiastes, of Abraham Lincoln and Norman Maclean. Part celebration of wisdom found and part lament for wisdom lost, Secrets of the Oracle is convincing in its assertion that wisdom articulates what is and offers creative visions of the future."--Jacket
Cataloging source
NLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Shaw, W. David
Dewey number
809/.93384
Index
index present
LC call number
PN56.W54
LC item number
S53 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Wisdom
  • Wisdom in literature
  • Wisdom literature
  • Oracles in literature
  • Sagesse
  • Sagesse dans la littérature
  • Littérature sapientiale
  • Oracles dans la littérature
  • Literature
  • Oracles
  • Wisdom
  • Wisdom literature
  • Literatur
  • Weisheit
  • Visdom
  • Visdom i litteraturen
  • Orakel i litteraturen
  • Weisheit
  • Literatur
  • Philosophie
  • Orakel
  • Weisheit
  • Literatur
  • Philosophie
  • Orakel
Label
Secrets of the oracle : a history of wisdom from Zeno to Yeats, W. David Shaw
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 361-373) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. 1, An owl for Apollo : wisdom and the poets. Descent of the owl : philosophy among the poets ; Tennyson and Zeno : three infinities ; How poets die to time : the sublime oracle ; Making peace with time : the beautiful oracle ; The ruins of time : the grotesque oracle -- pt. 2, Homage to wisdom : from Delphi to zen. Wisdom and the logos : John's Gospel to Four quartets ; Gnostic wisdom : parable and koan ; Paradox and oracle : crucible versus mirror ; Copy-speech and counter-love : Wordsworth and Frost ; 'A river runs through it' and Joyce's 'The dead' -- pt. 3, Owls, bulls, and serpents : wisdom or guile?. The wise owl : George Eliot's arrested wit ; The serpent of irony : wisdom or guile? ; Groucho Marx to Bernard Shaw : the Irish bull ; Oracles of wit : Oscar Wilde and Northrop Frye -- pt. 4, Wisdom at Gettysburg : rewriting the oracles. From Delphi to Gettysburg : changing the covenant ; Coleridge and Huxely : experiment or decree? ; Evolving oracles : Newman, Browning, and Shakespeare ; An underground oracle : 'look in your heart and write'
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 387 pages
Isbn
9781442640344
Lccn
2009292677
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Provided through the generosity of The Margaret and William Stobie Library Purchase Fund.
System control number
(OCoLC)427676488
Label
Secrets of the oracle : a history of wisdom from Zeno to Yeats, W. David Shaw
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 361-373) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. 1, An owl for Apollo : wisdom and the poets. Descent of the owl : philosophy among the poets ; Tennyson and Zeno : three infinities ; How poets die to time : the sublime oracle ; Making peace with time : the beautiful oracle ; The ruins of time : the grotesque oracle -- pt. 2, Homage to wisdom : from Delphi to zen. Wisdom and the logos : John's Gospel to Four quartets ; Gnostic wisdom : parable and koan ; Paradox and oracle : crucible versus mirror ; Copy-speech and counter-love : Wordsworth and Frost ; 'A river runs through it' and Joyce's 'The dead' -- pt. 3, Owls, bulls, and serpents : wisdom or guile?. The wise owl : George Eliot's arrested wit ; The serpent of irony : wisdom or guile? ; Groucho Marx to Bernard Shaw : the Irish bull ; Oracles of wit : Oscar Wilde and Northrop Frye -- pt. 4, Wisdom at Gettysburg : rewriting the oracles. From Delphi to Gettysburg : changing the covenant ; Coleridge and Huxely : experiment or decree? ; Evolving oracles : Newman, Browning, and Shakespeare ; An underground oracle : 'look in your heart and write'
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 387 pages
Isbn
9781442640344
Lccn
2009292677
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Provided through the generosity of The Margaret and William Stobie Library Purchase Fund.
System control number
(OCoLC)427676488

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