Steve Newman, "Prefatory Note" - Finding Romantic Commonplaces: An Interview with Jerome Christensen - Romantic Circles Praxis Series

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commonplace (n.): With the ancient rhetoricians: A passage of general application, such as may serve as the basic of an argument.— Oxford English Dictionary

Even though the commonplace is something we’ve all heard before, there is nothing nostalgic about its assertion; the commonplace is not a recollection that belongs to Byron, whether house or heart, but an address that finds its respondent in anyone who claims the right to answer. . . .words that matter inevitably, though not invariably, words that matter for each man and woman, though not for all humanity.—Jerome Christensen, Lord Byron’s Strength