The incitation to the ephebe
to "see the sun again with an ignorant eye/ [...] in the idea of it" (Stevens, 380) is central to Stevens's notion of the supreme fiction and, in turn, to Banville's own enquiry into, and exploration of, the nuances of the creative process.
Duncan's relationship to Gunn in the sequence is portrayed by Davidson as both sexual and collaborative; Duncan "tends to project sexual content into Gunn's poems" (186), and his posture towards Gunn "is not that of an avuncular Socrates to a naive ephebe
but of an aroused Pan whose satyric character is as erotic as it is violent" (187).
, by perceiving the idea Of this invention, this invented world, The inconceivable idea of the sun.
What the precursors did has thrown the ephebe
into the outward and downward motion of repetition, a repetition that the ephebe
soon understands must be both undone and dialectically affirmed, and these simultaneously" (83).
His perspectives are Sakai Naoki on translation; the casting of civilizational spells: Nietzsche as precursor, Bloom as Ephebe
; and East and West: toward an intercivilizational turn.
A number of scholars (e.g., Leitao 1999; Polinskaya 2003; Dodd 2003; Porter 2003, 148) have departed from Pierre Vidal-Naquet's (1986, 106-28) influential structuralist association of the ephebe
(whom he situates as a so-called "black hunter") with anti-social deception, hunting, and the occupation of liminal (mediating) spaces between the inside and outside of the polis--attributes which, although theoretically tantalizing, lack a reliable basis in historical practice or literary evidence of fifth-century Athens.
Within Bloom's contlictual model, Shelley seemed Browning's important, indeed his sole, "precursor" (or father), the poet he struggled anxiously against, and "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower came" was declared the crucial poem that showed him to be Shelley's "ephebe
" (or son).
(2) His last book, Hablame de amores (Talk to me about love), is a collection of chronicles about those who were fortunate enough to pass through his body and his soul, an amusing book in which he pays a small tribute to Barranquilla in a text entitled "Barranquilla Moon, You Made Me Bleed," where he relates a night of revelry during which he competed with Fernando Vallejo for the affection of an ephebe
(15) Contrary to other depictions of the God of Love as an ephebe
, he does not convey the impression of effeminate youth but rather of middle age.
It is precisely at this crucial point that Bloom probably saw an affinity with his own ideas about the Lucreatian clinamen that takes place in the phenomenon of poetic creativity: at a certain moment the ephebe
deviates from the path described by the predecessor, his work introducing a poetological clinamen, i.e.