<> Parker005 Hopdance Linen Hall Library 1970 Linen Hall Library Tuesday, April 26, 2016 TIFF Parker005 Manuscript Student, Beckett English https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/content/parker005 Linen Hall Library Linen Hall Library Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/sites/default/files/Parker005_0.jpg LHL Archive - 3 - -Then you are either a remarkably obtuse young man, since tradition is of course synonymous with meaning, or else a deliberate solipsist, which appears the more likely case whilst being an equally inappropriate position for an honours student in this Department, Cuddling his knees closer, the sneery grin widening to fill the whole room. There was a paper to be turned in for each of the three terms, Tosh had elected to write his first one on the Scots Border ballad of Thomas Rhymer, provoking Larmour's gleeful scorn. -You don’t consider a solitary ballad rather a meagre subject, Mr, Tosh? -It’s a far from meagre poem. -It is undoubtedly a fine flower of the oral tradition, but it will scarcely sustain the same degree of detailed scrutiny as a conscious literary artefact, -That’s only one of the things which I admire about it. -You are not intending to rhapsodise over the beauty of its impersonal voice for the entire three thousand words? Tosh launching his offensive. -The ballads are not impersonal, Least of all this one. It’s a pre- personal voice. It pre-dates the psychological need for signature. It has no vestige of signature, and yet it has a clear distinctive unmistakable voice, a tone all its own. A point of view. The view of a whole community crystallised into a single voice, It is pre-personal, by the same token that Beckett’s work is post-personal. -That should certainly get us to the bottom of page one, once you have finished defining your terms. What else? -Thomas lies on Huntley Bank. He spies a woman riding towards him, Text