Medieval Simulacra of Pleasure


Medieval theories of meter, in fact, frequently assume that the pleasure man takes in meter is a simulacrum of the pleasure he takes in the observation of the principle of order and recurrence in a universe which is itself will and order incarnate.

from: Poetic Meter and Poetic Form, Paul Fussell 1965

by simulacrum I guess he must mean an insubstantial form or semblance of something; or maybe the replacement of reality by its representation – or perhaps merely an image devoid of the substance contained in the original?


One comment on “Medieval Simulacra of Pleasure

  1. Andrew says:

    Had this post up for a while and no one called me on my erroneous plural “simulacrums’ which OBVIOUSLY should have been “simulacra”.

    Damn. Y’all aint nuthin but suckahs…

    (I did change it)


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