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Syrinx / Larynx: A Full-Throated Ease

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Syrinx / Larynx: A Full-Throated EaseBe not afeard. The isle is full of noises, Sounds and sweet airs that give delight and hurt not.[i]Caliban, with these now oft-voiced and melodious phrases, presents his case to be taken as one of the most influential theorists of poetry within our English tradition.Commenting on the noises of the island, the song of the island being the speciality of English literature until the last century, Caliban seems to offer a critique of natural noise-making as a form of poetry.These sounds are typical of the Greek sense of [aisthesis], sensory pleasure, origin of the modern and contested discipline of aesthetics.[ii]Their ability to offer sensory delight is coupled with an assurance that, as poiesis, they can do no harm.They are of no significance because they, like another of Shakespeare’s other famous…