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|Posted: Sun Feb 15, 2009 1:11 pm Post subject: Curse-words - an apology
|In yesterday's lecture, I cited an essay entitled "Lars Porsena" by professor C.S. Lewis on the use of foul language in literature. I am afraid I owe you all an apology - my memory played me false.
Lars Porsena: or the Future of Swearing and Improper Language is in fact a short book by Mr. Robert Graves. The essay I intended to cite is simply entitled "Four Letter Words" and is to be found in Selected Literary Essays by C.S. Lewis, edited by Mr. Walter Hooper. It is a very good refutation of the "validity" of coarse language in literature and the historical claims made for it by some modern writers (of whom Mr. Graves is an excellent example).
In the East Sai Raya rose aloft
And rode across the skies,
And the rays that blest the golden West
Bade great Novarya arise.