Poetic Knowledge Book Club: Chapter 7, part 1: The Future of Poetic Knowledge – Simply Convivial

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This week we are discussing Chapter 7, part 1: The Future of Poetic Knowledge, pages 167-178. Next week we will finish the book! The week after that I will post one more link-up post if anyone wants to do a big-picture overview, follow another rabbit trail, or wrap up applications.

Thank you, everyone who has participated, both the faithful and the sporadic. This has been a lot of fun, as well as challenging and encouraging!


Wonder is poetic; it is content to view things in wholeness and full context.

Poetic knowledge is admiratio, love.

True learning is based on friendship — a mentorship, perhaps? — a relationship built on love for each other and for the subject being learned.

Poetic knowledge does not require complex equipment or systems or accessories. Its planning and requirements are based largely on self-discipline.


Discussion Question

Ok, I guess I’m not agrarian enough. Yeah. I know I’m not agrarian hardly at all; I just sometimes like to read them — until they try talking me out of my washing machine, dishwasher, and air conditioning. I get his point about no machines in the house and no air conditioning, but, seriously? This is an amazing chapter, but that section was a hurdle for me. I understand how living without machines is more poetic; I simply disagree that that necessary makes it better. If I didn’t have my machines — or a grocery store — there’d be no way at all that I’d be able to read this book and no way at all my kids would get any more education than Almanzo Wilder did. His was a more poetic life, to be certain. And school was not a priority, especially once he could read and cipher. So, I wonder what other people’s reactions to his reaction against machines in the home was. Anyone giving up their washing machine or dishwasher? Is there a way to apply the thought or principle without such measures?

Or are we simply doomed to inconsistency and hypocrisy? I, for one, am keeping my machines and not feeling guilty about not being able to teach Latin or any language through fluent conversation. I think we’ll still be just fine. Let’s focus on applications that make us eager and peaceful, and be wary if a potential application induces stress and anxiety and a sense of inadequacy.

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