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Ern While if you attempt prose and prose f course comes long after verse then you need as Stevenson pointed Sword and Lute: Stories of Healing from the Ancient Science of Chinese Acupuncture and Medicine out a subtle pattern Because the ear is led to expect something and then it does get what it expects Something else is given to it and that something else should be in a sense a failure and also a satisfaction So that unless you take the precautionf being Walt Whitman r Carl Sandburg then free verse is difficult At least I have found now when I am near my journey s end that the classic forms f verse are easier Another facility another easiness may lie in the fact that nce you have written a certain line nce you have resigned yourself to a certain line then you have committed yourself to a certain rhyme And since rhymes are not infinite your work is made easier for youThis idea unorthodox as it is was way interesting than William Childress s rant against free verse The latter s arguments was sometimes Les Manuscrits Arabes de Rabat (Classic Reprint) occluded by fundamentalist attitudes In contrast the poet here spoke with a fire in his voice a bibliophile s enthusiasm that was hard to resist Perhaps because he primarily thoughtf himself as essentially a readerAs you are aware I have ventured into writing but I think that what I have read is far important than what I have written For ne reads what ne likes yet ne writes not what ne would like to write but what The Rage of Plum Blossoms one is able to writeAnd here I am thinking all along that Roberto Bola s line Reading is important than writing was his Eden: It's an Endless World, Volume 2 own Borges practically said everything as the Chilean writer himself acknowledged When I write the poet confessed I try to be loyal to the dream and not to the circumstancesOf course in my stories there are true circumstances but somehow I have felt that those circumstances should always be told with a certain amountf untruth There is no satisfaction telling a story as it actually happened We have to change things even if we think them insignificant if we don t we should think f urselves not as artists but perhaps as mere journalists r historians A similar aesthetic was taken to heart by the late W G Sebald who featured Borges in The Rings f Saturn Writers take heedOn novels it was clear he doesn t like the narrative strategy f Ulysses He liked epics instead He disdained self conscious stories By epic he meant the simultaneous singing f a verse and telling f a story By self consciousness he meant stories where the hero is the teller and so sometimes he the hero has to belittle himself he has to make himself human he has to make himself far too believable In fact he has to fall into the trickery f a novelistIf we think about the novel and the epic we are tempted to fall into thinking that the chief difference lies in the difference between verse and prose in the difference between singing something and stating something But I think there is a greater difference The difference lies in the fact that the important thing about the epic is a hero a man who is a pattern for all men While as Mencken pointed The Incomparable Christ: Our Master and Model out the essencef most novels lies in the breaking down Guide To Investing in Gold Silver: Protect Your Financial Future of a man in the degenerationf characterSo better to fall into the trickery The Incomparable Hester Santlow of a poet than a novelist It was possible the lecturer was averse to the encroachmentf postmodernism n the novel Like many critics he saw the death f the novelI think that the novel is breaking down I think that all those very daring and interesting experiments with the novel for example the idea f shifting time the idea f the story being told by different characters all those are leading to the moment when we shall feel that the novel is no longer with usWhat is to be done The poet was not worried Because we are modern we don t have to strive to be modern he said It is not a case f subject matter r Diaries of a College Girl of styleEven if we are now postmodern we are still modern He was confident that something was at hand He prophesied the comebackf the epicMaybe I am an The Wallace and Gromit A Close Shave Pop-Up Book old fashioned man from the nineteenth century but I haveptimism I have hope and as the future holds many things as the future perhaps holds all things I think that the epic will come back to us I think that the poet shall Becoming The Bride: Gender Swap Erotica once again be a maker I mean he will tell a story and he will also sing it And we will not thinkf those two things as different even as we do not think they are different in Homer r in VirgilThings could nly go up from there The epic novel was nigh Maybe it was already with us Maybe the metaphor was already made He had made the suggestions pointed to some interesting directions and these were enough to fertilize the mindAnything suggested is far effective than anything laid down When something is merely said r better still hinted at there is a kind f hospitality in ur imaginationThat s
it felt like to the poet One was a visitor being treated to the hospitality f an estimable and kind imagination All writers in Argentina have had to find themselves against Borges said C sar Aira the Argentinean writer who chose an anti Borgean path He is cold he is an Everest Tiffany Girl of intelligence and lucidity uncontaminated by reality In these recordings compiled as This Craftf Verse the poet was not cold He exuded warmth like a grandfather And the mountain One Cause, Many Ailments: The Leaky Gut Syndrome: What It Is and How It May Be Affecting Your Health of intelligence and lucidity had chosen to be accessible and scalable The climb was memorable The view from the summit was a postcard This Craft Of Verse is a little book composedf a series Cutting Edge Marketing Analytics: Real World Cases and Data Sets for Hands On Learning (FT Press Analytics) of short lectures Jorge Luis Borges gave at Harvard University in the fallf 1967 Taken together they can be read as a series f love letters to poems novels histories and philosophies as well as to all the men and women who wrote to make poems novels histories and philosophies as well as to all the men and women who wrote to make f life and in doing so gave pleasureIf Borges is a great lover he is Casanova than Don Juan The man speaks softly Vivien Leigh of writers flirts with philosophers and touches in passing historic figures When he takes up books and writers I feel the kindf envy I By the Book once felt when I saw a man enter a room with a woman I desired Later I d watch them leave and imagine them falling into bed and into eachther s flesh Borges is not a literary snob. Th literature and the English language Transcribed from tapes The Day After the Dollar Crashes: A Survival Guide for the Rise of the New World Order only recently discovered This Craftf Verse captures the cadences candour wit and remarkable erudition f ne f the most extraordinary and enduring literary voices. I thought I d never hear the brave librarian speak Posterity saved the lectures that Jorge Luis Borges 1899 1986 delivered in Harvard University in the fall f 67 and spring 68 The Argentinian was nearing 70 when he gave this series f lectures The recordings were discovered from the university archives and were transcribed and published in book form in 2000Borges s voice boomed across space and time I found it ideal to listen to the lectures while following along with a transcription posted in a blog It may be a better experience than just reading the transcriptions Here is the free audio download page f the lectures He spoke in a clipped staccato manner catching breath and thought at nce He groped for ideas rather like a blind man groping for things in the dark But he always found them and he brought them ut to the light We can sense him groping for ideas several moves in advance building a construct from his previous readings and then revealing the final elegant construction f the library f the mind the library in his mindThe audience listened intently keenly as the penetrating gaze The Teachings of Spenser Carlyle: The Novel of the master pierced through the linesf poetry and gave his literary interpretation and appreciation He spoke the six lectures impromptu with perhaps nly a few days preparation for each topicThe range f his subjects are as varied as colors He began with the riddle Weirdo Noir: Gothic and Dark Lowbrow Art of poetry and continued with metaphor epic poetry and the novel word music and translation and thought and poetry He ended with sharing hiswn creed as a poet wherein he try to justify my wn life and the confidence some f you may have in me despite this rather awkward and fumbling first lecture Anonymums of mineIt was hardly awkward and fumbling In every lecture he demonstrated utter erudition which was to be expected but still there s a pure kindf magic in the words he was unleashing He had a way f saying things in a punctilious manner f punctuating ideas even if they were in retrospect bvious bservations Like for example Happiness when you are a reader is freuent Or Practical Ventriloquism on reading lists The dangerf making a list is that the missions stand ut and that people think f you as being insensitive And n long books Though we are apt to think On Riemanns Theory of Algebraic Functions and Their Integrals of mere size as being somehow brutal I think there are many books whose essence lies in their being lengthy And this came from a writer who never wrote a novelAmong the verses he discussed included linesr passages from Keats s On First Looking into Chapman s Homer the sonnet Inclusiveness by Dante Gabriel Rossetti James Joyce s Finnegans Wake Robert Frost and Browning and a translation Achtung ... U-Boats Passing: A Saga of War at Sea (Vol. 2) of San Juan de la Cruz He recited them with feeling bringingut the stresses where they fall sometimes going at length in describing the choice Achtung Schweinehund!: A Boy's Own Story of Imaginary Combat of wordsf the poet and pointing Dugout: The Zombie Steals Home out their distinctiveness what makes the lines gon ringing in the reader s ears Sometimes it felt like he was sharing his conversations with the ld masters from Greek and Old English giving us an exclusive preview to an anticipated blockbuster movieAside from erudition two ther things marked the genius f these lectures humor and humility The speaker s rapport and interaction with the audience were amazing One imagined the listeners hanging n to every word as when he shared his propensity to book buyingSometimes looking at the many books I have at home I feel I shall die before I have come to the end f them and yet I cannot resist theWhat It Felt Like
temptation f buying new books When I go when I walk inside a library I find a book nof buying new books When I go when I walk inside a library I find a book n Ya Gotta Believe!: My Roller-Coaster Life as a Screwball Pitcher and Part-Time father, and My Hope-Filled Fight Against Brain Cancer of my hobbies for example Old Englishr Old Norse poetry I say to myself What a pity I can t buy that book because I already have a copy at home That last statement elicited laughter among the listeners who also broke into a hearty applause There are many similar moments in the recording that were given to the audience s acknowledgement Night's Pawn of the speaker s humor The interaction between speaker and listeners was just preciousThe lectures also revealed a manf humility and self effacing disposition Firing the First Elder (Pioneers in the Pulpit Book 2) one who acknowledged his forebears and influences and the sourcesf his metaphysical ideasIf I were a daring thinker but I am not I am a very timid thinker I am groping my way along I could f course say that nly a dozen r so patterns exist and that all ther metaphors are mere arbitrary gamesIn fact he said them those things about the patterns and the games The Secret Child of metaphors But he always gave fair warningn what and what not to expect from him But still the things he spoke aboutHis thoughts Japanese Schoolgirl Inferno: Tokyo Teen Fashion Subculture Handbook on translation were as timely as ever In his lecturen translation he debunked the supposed inferiority f translations to the riginal text by stating I suppose if we did not know whether ne was riginal and the ther translation we could judge them fairly It s ne Death by Inferior Design of the best defensef translations I ve readOn the strange beauty f literal translations he had an interesting takeIn fact it might be said that literal translations make not nly as Matthew Arnold pointed Hitler's Northern War: The Luftwaffe's Ill-Fated Campaign, 1940-1945 out for uncouthness andddity but also for strangeness and beauty This I think is felt by all f us for if we look into a literal translation f some utlandish poem we expect something strange If we do not find it we feel somehow disappointedHe erroneously assumed however that FitzGerald s translation f Omar Khayy m s Rub iy t from which he uoted a uatrain as an Example Is A Literal One is a literal A Philosophy of Cinematic Art one I m not sure what he would makef Nabokov s extremely faithful Eugene OneginThat The Potato Hack: Weight Loss Simplified only a very few patterns and rhyming schemes existed in poetry led the poet to declare that free verse is much difficult to pullff than rhymed poemsI began as most young men do by thinking that free verse is easier than the regular forms f verse Today I am uite sure that free verse is far difficult than the regular and classical forms The proof if proof be needed is that literature begins with verse I suppose the explanation would be that nce a pattern is evolved a pattern f rhymes f assonances Scab of alliterationsf long and short syllables and so In a World Created by a Drunken God on younly have to repeat the patt. Through a twist Indo No Kao of fate that the authorf Labyrinths himself would have relished these lost lectures given in English at Harvard in 1967 1968 by Jorge Luis Borges return to us now a recovered tale f a life long love affair wi. What s difficult is not his erudition but his generosity I do not deserve his patience his gentle humor I suspect that he knew he was lecturing to a room f somnolents at best and idiots at worse those at the back f the class where you would have found meHow does ne presume to keep up with a man who can start with Homer and continue to Kafka Or slip from Don uixote to Sherlock Holmes and later explains it was Tacitus who led him to Carlyle who led him in turn to Schopenhauer Does he expect me to follow him Is it possible that I will learn to read for the pleasures Sinai and Zion of reading and then allow myself to invent mywn conclusions as Borges did with Joyce and with Whitman tooIf I had a Thousand and One Nights I couldn t do it That said Borges in The Craft f Verse doesn t condemn me for my ignorance r worse my laziness What the man did in his lectures is invite his audience to join him The invitation remains pen to us his readers We can start today r next week Borges lovers are immortal and insatiable we nly have to take ne in hand Then another Their availability is not in uestion the uestion is Do we have the stamina Every Borges lecture is always a treat see also the superb lecture collection Professor Borges A Course Iniquity on English Literature so thankfully this recent transcriptionf a series f rediscovered lectures Borges gave at Harvard in the 60s has been made available to us Not nly was he ne f the greatest writers Annual Report of the Officers of the Town of Holderness, N. H: Year Ending January 31, 1937 (Classic Reprint) of all time but such a generous reader and riveting speaker that it s impossible to not want to immediately jumpn everything he references I do think his modesty is Gardening with Shape, Line and Texture: A Plant Design Sourcebook often comical as in hisccasional phras Self effacing Borges fun to hang ut with but intimidating in his casual eruditionThis is why I think f myself What an honor and a privilege to be given access to the mind Livin' de Life ofne The Amazing Dreams of Andrew Latter of the mostriginal thinkers in the history Culture is the Body: The Theatre Writings of Tadashi Suzuki of literature In the 1967 1968 Charles Eliot Norton Lectures delivered at Harvard University Borges spoke extemporaneously and without notes he was blind by this time about his life in literature and the craftf poetry I read this slim volume published in 2000 containing his six lectures and the afterword by the editor C tlin Andrei Mih ilescu and closed it to find my eyes filled with tears They were the tears Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Study of Mind of loss that such a brilliant mind has goneut The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta of the world but also tearsf gratitude that ne such as he had come to be and that he has shared with us his love f reading and his insight into the magical world f words From ur father Homer through Vergil through Borges the chain continues and I have at hand the latest volume f Alberto Manguel who keeps alive the light f truth passed down from heart to heart f those who love the music f the words Once as a young man while Dicmatized 2: Bitter Sweet Revenge orange blossoms drifted down I sat with my handsn the tomb Martian Science Fiction: Scifi Novellas Set on Mars of Saadi and wished for understanding In Borges I have found that wish fulfilled by learning that the seeking is the treasure and that joining the companyf seekers is the highest aspiration Borges imagined Paradise to be a kind f magnificent library and I cannot help but picture him there his sight restored climbing a ladder to reach a cherished
Volume Shelved Among The Eternal Stars Fairlyshelved among the eternal stars Fairly and Borges is as eminently likable speaking as himself as he is speaking under ne Saving Charmaine: A Heaton Family Friends Series Book of his thousandsf guises he has the combination f intelligence and necessary lack f confidence in it and depth f feeling needed to avoid academic posturing and mouth breathing I read this book ver breakfast I found that the format lended itself to such a casual reading short lectures larger print I really liked the layout The Deadline of the book Well done typesetter You made reading this book a pleasure In typical Borges fashion a single page will move effortlessly through uotes and references to Don uixote Arabian Nights Old English grammar and Milton mostf the uotations are delivered from memory in their riginal languageOnly three stars however because a lot f the Ready to Restore: The Layman's Guide to Christian Counseling opinions anecdotes and commentary contained in this book are contained inther Borges books I ve read So deja vu But not in a bad way More like the loveable Ready to Restore old uncle who repeats the same storiesver and ver There is a wonderful moment in this where Borges talks f all Shieldmaiden Book 1: Quest for the Jewel of the possible metaphors there could be in the world allf the things that could be compared to Traficada: Diário de uma Escrava Sexual (Portuguese Edition) other things the near infinityf metaphors and yet we constantly though ages and cultures return Encounter at Buff Ledge: A UFO Case History over andver to the same metaphors Stars and eyes for instance and that beautiful line from Plato I wish I could be the night and then I would watch Carte touristique : Corse Sud : Ajaccio - Bonifacio over you with a thousand eyes sighHis discussion about believing in the characterf Sherlock Holmes long after he stopped believing in any OF THE STORIES OF HOLMES IS SO BRILLIANTLY OBSERVANT the stories Regarde, c'est maman ! of Holmes is so brilliantlybservant is easy to see why people are The Bricklayer obsessed with this manThese lectures are witty intelligent and surprisingly frank As he says he feels he isf a reader than a writer and that is a terribly interesting thing to sayI enjoyed these lectures much than I thought I would I had read some Borges in Uni and thought him ne f those writers Now I must go back and read Vinny: Victory Over Drugs, Death, and Degradation of himA good book to read if you are feeling alone in the world It goes without saying that Borges is a manf great learning but in this series The Occult Detector (The Semi Dual Stories Book 1) of lectures his humility and self deprecating witutshine even his extensive knowledge f world literature I suppose being honored at Harvard meant a lot to him At any rate it s a very uick and enjoyable read Found this utterly lovely little book f lectures practically hidden away in the deepest bowels Pioneer Jews: A New Life in the Far West of the compressed stacks when I went looking for something elsen poetry Bought myself and my lady a copy almost immediately after I began reading it Whenever I have dipped into books Eating Thin for Life: Food Secrets Recipes from People Who Have Lost Weight Kept It Off of aesthetics I have had an uncomfortable feeling that I was reading the worksf astronomers who never looked at the stars I mean that they were writing about poetry as if poetry were a task and not what it really is a passion and a joy 2 I would like to say. Of the 20th century In its wide ranging commentary and exuisite insights the book stands as a deeply personal yet far reaching introduction to the pleasures f the word and as a first hand testimony f to the life f literatur.