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52 Part of the problem with Tooke’s position is that it assumes that the mind does not act. “The business of the mind,” Tooke holds, “extends no further than to receive Impressions, that is, to have Sensations or Feelings. ”53 For Shelley, however, the mind acts as a mimetic agent. ”54 Language for Shelley is far more than a record of the operations of the passive mind. ” Such individuals “are not only the authors of language and of music, of the dance and architecture and statuary and painting: they are the institutors of laws, and the founders of civil society and the inventors of the arts of life and the teachers, who draw into a certain propinquity with the beautiful and the true that partial apprehension of the agencies of the invisible world which is called religion” (Poetry, 481–82).

The joke is compounded by the fact that England in 1819 was in fact not even ruled by its king, the aged and incompetent George III, but rather by his son, the future George IV, acting as prince regent—a place taker for a place taker, in other words, a second-order metonym, as it were. ), arguably addressed to the prince regent close to the time of his accession to the throne, Shelley makes it clear that he does not believe that the king of England is God’s vice-gerent, whether vice-gerency is held to be nominal, virtual, or actual.

28 Originary metaphor cannot continue to construct the individual and her or his culture as it once did because originary languages undergo a transformation from the metaphoric to the metonymic as these languages begin to serve as a cause for certain linguistic effects. The effects in question include the movement from the paratactic to the hypotactic, the desynonymizing of the word hoard, the movement from a sense-based to an abstract language, and the development of a grammar. The third, fourth, and fifth of Herder’s “canons” speak to this process of transformation.

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