Tuesday, March 22, 2011

This is why we teach allusions

"...the Oedipal energies of Drydenesque tragicomedy lose their original usefulness as a lever against Cromwellian tyranny."
  Duane Coltharp, "Strategy and Ambivalence in Dryden's Tragicomedies"

Without any kind of context via allusions, this would be jibberish to the reader.  In some ways, it still is to me.

You know how you get to the point where you're so mentally zapped that you read the same sentence over and over, and the more you read it, the less it makes sense?  I daresay also, the funnier it gets?  I'm there.