Tag Archives: Language

On Behalf of the Uyghurs

On Behalf of the Uyghursby Michael DoyleGive me the whole of your sentence And I will still my will and serveGive me the entirety of your pretenseTell me what it is that I deserveAnd I will still write my poetryNever … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: Language Is A Form of Human Reason, Which Has Its Internal Logic of Which Man Knows Nothing

“Language is a form of human reason, which has its internal logic of which man knows nothing.” -Claude Levi-Strauss, anthropologist (1908-2009)

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Troubled Thoughts In the Night

Troubled Thoughts In the Nightby Michael DoyleLife knows its bestSpoken like a new languageIt’s written in secret alphabetYou can feel its rising heatSomewhere in that middle passageWithout words it reveals its secretA divine messenger singsOn the wind like a ghost … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: Everyday Language Is A Part of the Human Organism and Is Not Less Complicated Than It

“Everyday language is a part of the human organism and is no less complicated than it”. – Ludwig Wittgenstein, philosopher (26 Apr 1889-1951)

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Thought For the Day: Language Is the Amber In Which A Thousand Precious and Subtle Thoughts Have Been Safely Embedded and Preserved

“Language is the amber in which a thousand precious and subtle thoughts have been safely embedded and preserved.” -Richard C. Trench, poet (1807-1886

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First Principles: The Constitution of the United States Is To Receive A Reasonable Interpretation of Its Language, and Its Powers

“The constitution of the United States is to receive a reasonable interpretation of its language, and its powers, keeping in view the objects and purposes, for which those powers were conferred. By a reasonable interpretation, we mean, that in case … Continue reading

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In A Spoiler Alert

In A Spoiler Alertby Michael DoyleHere we are quite certain at the end of daysThat all around might want to change our waysIn a spoiler alert, there is a God of creationMeander across His words of sacred communicationIt’s no secret … Continue reading

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In A Hermitage of Petrified Words

In A Hermitage of Petrified Wordsby Michael DoyleLike a forest well petrifiedBy minerals filling in for lifeA poet thinks in his hermitageDreaming about things to study onThere’s an abandonment of conjunctionWhen like Chomsky, language ceases to functionWe drift like lyrics … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: I Fear To See the Consequences of the Court’s Practice of Substituting Its Own Concepts of Decency and Fundamental Justice For the Language of the Bill of Rights

“In my judgment the people of no nation can lose their liberty so long as a Bill of Rights like ours survives and its basic purposes are conscientiously interpreted, enforced and respected so as to afford continuous protection against old, … Continue reading

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