Seymour deming in much the way of theodore roosevelt

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by Mr. Seymour Deming. In much the way of Theodore Roosevelt the previous week, he is very strategic in his language and how he hands out praise and criticism. The overall tone is displeasure with Deming’s perceived failure to persuade, being instead seemingly satisfied to merely entertain. Bourne disdainfully notes that his logic “dims the force of his blast.” He also criticizes Deming for being outdated for his time and compares him to a 1850s slavery abolitionist trying to reach a new generation. He likes and honors Deming for offering what he calls light instead of fire, meaning that he raised awareness and successfully put out ideas, but he was neither concise nor persuasive about it, two things that Bourne wanted the see most. In Bourne’s essay, The History of a Literary Radical , he chronicles much of the life of his friend Miro. Early in the writing, he criticizes what he considers the passé learning styles and teachings that his friend Miro goes through such as Greek and Latin language lessons, while Miro finds his way on his own through art such as Shakespeare and Dante. Miro eventually rebelled against this and set out to find his own “truth.” This is the part of the story that Bourne’s verve to write shines through in. He is most interested in what he calls Miro’s “conversion” from ravenous reader to radical zealot. In Bourne’s essay, The Undergraduate , he laments the wasted youth of college years, the feelings of immortality inherent to youth and the potential to change the world only to later be confronted by the weathering of time.
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  • Spring '13
  • KevinMattson
  • bourne, Prof. Kevin Mattson, friend Miro, Mr. Seymour Deming

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