When the Civil-Rights Movement Was News
THE I9TH-CENTURY DANISH philosopher Soren Kierke- gaard remarked that we live life for- ward and understand it backward.
He was anticipated by William Wordsworth’s definition of poetry as emotion recollected in tran- quility. Philosophically, this idea is hardly foolproof, but it is true that people are not very articulate or comprehending under the influence of strong passion, and need time to remember and reflect before they can put together their sense impres- sions like so many clues in a puzzle.
About the Author
Thomas L. Jeffers is the editor of The Norman Podhoretz Reader, to be published by the Free Press this month.