Disappointment (Print)

Disappointment or the Light of Common Day.

Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2005. What do Wordsworth, the gold death mask of King Tut, and Robert Frost's "Birches" have in common? They all express what I call "disappointment," in a technical sense: the world-view of someone who realizes that both the state of blind high energy of youth and the more reflective alternative of age are part of the human condition. The book considers the phenomenon of "coloring," whereby we decide that we have been confusing a single quality of something with the thing itself—something that can happen at any time, and thus undermines our search for absolute certainty—and the question of whether war is inevitable.

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