On ‘the Shadow of Austerity’ in Greek Poetry - The New Yorker’s David Wallace introduces readers to a new anthology, Austerity Measures, which collects Greek poets’ responses to the nation’s financial d...
Friday, January 7, 2011
A Brief Picture of Delight
How fitting that the history of the word delight runs back to the Latin word delicio, meaning, "allure," enticement, sweet attraction. "Delicious," too, emerges from this antique root, where pleasure lies side by side with charm, luxury and attraction.
We are utterly seduced by the arrival of snow--and any sort of delight--and wish both were less fleeting. Still, were they not, would we luxuriate in them so?
Here, as in many things, I take the dog as my model. She knows more than I do.