The School of Borgesian Rhetoric

Jim Esch
4 min readJun 19, 2021

A teacher reinvents first-year composition: essays are infinitely revised, never complete

The teacher sighed. After attempting (for the first and last time) to teach Wordsworth’s Intimations Ode to back-to-back Introduction to Literature sections, he could not shake the uncomfortable sensation that he was a Don Quixote in a room full of Sancho Panzas. What could I have been thinking? What blow was I sniffing? What web was I weaving?

He sat in the office grading papers, checking off rubric boxes, and sighed again. He looked at the blank wall where…