"therefore I am,"
Said the philosopher.
"Bunk! He didn't feel; he only
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That's a quintain form devised by the American poet Adelaide Crapsey.
Five lines; two, four, six, eight, and two syllables.
Rene Descartes all but asked for it.
I like the poem very much, Tom, and yes, he asked for it.
"I think therefore I am"
It was shortly after that famous phrase when the book took a surprising turn, running completely off the rails.
Greg, I heard of Descartes in a college analytic geometry class.
When I heard of his "I think...." line I thought he was missing something so basic that:
1) I did not then know how to identify what he was missing, and
2) I didn't want to know any more about him.
I now see his dualism as a possible sign of schizo, once known as split personality. Is that where you see him as having run off the rails?
When I was getting a math degree I thought art students were strange. Soon after I retired I took a few art classes and I now joke about math students as being nutty.