Okay, youve been an eloquent critic of this blog; you write well; you charge with great candor that Im a wimp for asking questions about poetry because Im too timid to bring up the issues that you list in Comments and call Political Shootout a garden party for palsy-walsies. Not so and so I want you to write a tract (200 words max) on one of those issuesjust one at this timeand well post it here. Then well take two, three, four etc. I dont think I deserve that crack, Al Harris, but youre askedeven orderedto write the first one here. And as you write it, tell why I am so hesitant to discuss it.
In the meantime for those who you who think Im not a wimp for talking about literature, let me give you the answer to the last question. Bob in P.F. looked it up; no one answered correctly sothe quotes are from essays by philosopher and literary master Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626) who had a rapid career up in politics and a lightening fast trip down.
Born to a prominent family, educated at Oxford, trained in diplomacy in France; studied law, elected to parliament; became one of Elizabeths learned counsels; promoted to ordinary council to James I; then solicitor-general, attorney-general; privy councilor; lord keeper of the seal; finally lord chancellor. Then accused of taking bribes, confessed guilt; deprived of office; fined; imprisoned then released; barred from sitting in parliament; barred from practicing law. I confess, he wrote, [that] I have taken all knowledge to be my province. Working hatless and coatless outside in early April to experiment with the preservative qualities of snow killed him. He was always more concerned with the reasoning process to attain truth than the detailed results.