Like "Should be taken with liberal amounts of chocolate" or "Do not ingest while talking on the phone, as might cause choking".............
I'm shakin' my head over a doozie from a very left-brained friend. Evidently, the implications of his left-brainedness had escaped me. More illusions have been shattered...
Please read the entire post I reference (linkie in post title above), in order to understand the text that follows.
"I have always considered the Psalms to have second-tier status in my mind, as compared to the straight historical narrative format of much of the rest of Scripture. However obscure some of Scripture may be, throwing poetry into the mix just seems to be make matters worse."
"Would be fine if it [the Book of Psalms] just stayed as poetry. But this especially gives me fits each time I see later authors of Scripture refer back to the Davidic psalms and use them as prophetic in nature. Where does the warrant come from, to draw such conclusions from this genre?"
"make matters worse" "this genre" *Elena raises eyebrow* Er? ¿Repite, por favor? A little less disdain, if you please. (Braymp, ya know I still love ya, brother.)
So...the form negates the possibility of the text offering truth? Must one tell (prose) rather than show (poetry)? Hmm?
I sense some postmodern thinking cropping up here---ala How can one KNOW the true message of the author, especially if he couches his message in poetic language/form? Well, to that I ask, "How can one KNOW the true message of the author, even if he states it outright? Aren't all authors 'unreliable narrators' to some degree?"
Does the form make the Truth clearer to the reader? More reliable? Do other forms obscure the Truth or make doubtful the veracity of the existence of the particular truth being conveyed?
True, the non-fiction essay form is similar to the steps and process of the scientific method: hypothesis, experiment and observation, thesis, proof and analysis, and conclusion/theory. Is it because poetry seems to deviate from the scientific method that some look askance at it?
Well, now I have good impetus/inspiration/reason for finishing/tweaking a post on "Why Read/Study/Teach Poetry?"
And maybe my friend can add "Why Study/Practice/Teach Pure Science?" to his blog fodder list.
To be continued...