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G.K. Chesterton and the Metaphysics of Amazement


Martin Cothran


Most people view children’s literature as a form of amusement for the immature. But is there a sense in which even nursey rhymes are an induction into the Mystery of the World–a primordial mystery that even the wisest often miss? What does Edward Lear do that both defies our experience and explains it? What does Dr. Seuss see that even our greatest philosophers are blind to? We know of the “laws of nature,”but how are they better understood in light of Chesterton’s “seperate statutes of elfland”? How can we here in what Lord Dunsay calls “the fields that we know” gain a glimpse of the wonderer of the World?