13 comments on “First Modern Man

  1. Your diction is as erudite as Machiavelli himself, Paul! If you haven’t already read it, I highly recommend Ross King’s excellent book “Machiavelli: Philosopher of Power.” It’s only 240 pages, but packed full of history, art, philosophy and intrigue. Hope you have a good day, my friend 🙂
    Cheers,
    Tyler

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  2. Alas,misinterpretations of his masterpiece has only caused untold misery upon this spinning blue orb already too burdened by death, destruction, and infinite sorrow. Superb post, as always, Paul.

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  3. I’m guessing you’re a Mensa man. I’m a fairly sharp cookie, but I come here–and leave awestruck, left in the dust. The beauty part is that I keep coming back, that I feel no shame–only fascination. God bless you BIG today.

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  4. You seek to restore sir Machiavelli’s good name or just his true “nature”? I love the poem. I love the conversations I know want to have with (ostensibly my walls since no one else is home) about the things you say in this poem. Huzzah!

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    • glad you liked it, Jessica – frankly, it’s been 50 years since I read him, but I always felt uneasy with his name used as pejorative – there was more to his mind and, I think his motives, than the Prince – but he will always be debated and unclearly understood, chiefly because I think he never quite understood himself

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      • I think that is fairly accurate.i agree he did seem to have a dissonance of sorts in his writings. I think people find it easier to categorize him by his more bleak musings on power then to really abstract on the ironical ideas he may have intended. I myself, in more general conversations, am likely to do the same. It makes me rethink, What if there were a time when my writings were possibly taken out of the context of a body of work and then viewed through a negative lens how that might feel. I had a teacher tell me once that “Even Machiavelli was not so Machiavellian as one might think” . This poem reminded me of that 🙂

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