“One could divide humanity into two classes: 1) those who master a metaphor, and 2) those who hold by a formula. Those with a bent for both are far too few, they do not comprise a class.”
Heinrich von Kleist.
Do we “master a metaphor” just by seeing anew the world or thing changed by it, supplemented by it — as a person might master ‘an aspect’ of something confronted, know how to ‘let the aspect dawn,’ letting the thing now seen under a new, unexpected aspect speak anew? Or does it mean living under that aspect, as if the thing seen under a new aspect demanded from me a change in receptive-responsiveness?
Kleist seems to say sometimes it is the greater part of virtue to “hold by a formula.”