"On an Engraving by Casserius" Analytical Essay by drbill

"On an Engraving by Casserius"
An analysis of A. D. Hope's poem "On an Engraving of Casserius".
# 60604 | 1,098 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on Aug 31, 2005 in Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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This paper examines how A. D. Hope's poem "On an Engraving of Casserius" meditates on the metaphysical questions of origins and ends at an autopsy of a pregnant woman by a Renaissance surgeon and engraver, a single figure for science and art. It looks at how, as the central metaphor for the search for truth before the dissociation between art and science set it, the woman and child validate the search for truth as "adding to being," a spiritual enhancement of truth seekers illustrated by the surgeon's engraved art and the poet's dream of unity as a symbolic dancer with words.

From the Paper:

"Few poems in any period render such a joint quest by physical science and artistic vision. And few critics -Darling and Andrew Taylor come first to mind-have devoted to "Engraving" the attention it warrants for its bold and ambitious achievement. Taylor sees "Engraving" as a nest of icons, all focusing on the harmony of science and art: the fetus, the mother, the surgeon, the engraving, the exploratory science of the era, and the poem itself, in which Hope's technical and historical erudition renders the search convincing (Taylor 91-92). In line with the critical vogue of the mid-eighties, however, Taylor tacks on to his review a display of shibboleths of postmodern and feminist critical theory (Jacques Derrida, Jacques Lacan, Julia Kristeva, and Barbara Johnson); the theoretical digression does little harm to anyone, and certainly not to Hope's remarkable poem."

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