It is likely that they contribute to the formation of some sort of community that shares an interest in such poetry — a minority community, certainly — as Beat Poetry enhanced the self-awareness of groups we came to call Beatniks in the s and s. The Pursuit of Signs Routledge Classics. Other editions — View all The Pursuit of Signs: Letter to the Editor: Henry — — The Classical Review 19 Would you like to jnathan on joanthan fundamental difference between lyric temporality and jonatjan temporality? We have long said that a major theme of poetry is the act of the poetic imagination, and triangulated address gives such claims a structural basis. O body swayed to music, O brightening glance, How can we know the dancer from the dance?
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One might identify, for example, as instances of the triumph of the apostrophic, poems which, in a very common move, substitute a fictional, non-temporal opposition for a temporal one, substitute a temporality of discourse for a referential temporality.
In lyrics of this kind a temporal problem is posed: something once present has been lost or attenuated; this loss can be narrated but the temporal sequence is irreversible, like time itself. Apostrophes displace this irreversible structure by removing the opposition between presence and absence from empirical time and locating it in discursive time. The clearest example of this structure is of course the elegy which replaces an irreversible temporal disjunction, the move from life to death, with a dialectical alternation between attitudes of mourning and consolation, evocations of absence and presence….
The transcendental presences evoked here, the images which are objects of strong feelings that generate them, make the transient projects of human life seem paltry indeed. However, a second apostrophe calls forth against these images another set of presences which seem to be both empirical and transcendental and which are presented as possible examples of organic unity: O chestnut tree, great-rooted blossomer, Are you the leaf, the blossom, or the bole?
O body swayed to music, O brightening glance, How can we know the dancer from the dance? The opposition is no longer an irreversible temporal move from youth to age but an a-temporal juxtaposition of two sorts of images, evoked as presences by apostrophes. The question of whether we can indeed choose between these alternatives and precisely what such a choice would entail is extremely difficult, but the poem has, through its apostrophic turn, made this the central issue.
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Akishakar Jonathan Culler Cornell University. Moreover, you distinguish between performative utteranceas J. Second, given that there is a history of the Western lyric, I have been inclined to stress continuities, in part because the historicist-contextualist criticism that spostrophe currently dominant in the United States is eager to declare discontinuities. I find the suggestion that concludes the fifth chapter of your book, in which you discuss apostropheextremely intriguing and fruitful: I might stress, though, as I say in Theory of the Lyricthat I appostrophe not have firm views on how regularly or successfully 20th- and 21st-century poets should be said to have escaped the lyric tradition. By Kristina Marie Darling. On Aphorism, Lyric, and Experiment.
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The leading critic and theorist — and Class of Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Cornell University — will also be one of the keynote speakers at the first biennial conference of the recently founded International Network for the Study of Lyric, to be held at Boston University on June 7—11, In the following conversation, Culler not only explains the main premises and results of his work, but also suggests potential further directions for the investigation of this apparently ungraspable genre, probably the most continuous in Western literature. The title of this interview references to his book The Literary in Theory Stanford University Press , in which he charts the places of literature and the literary in contemporary theory. The first is a logical one: in order to talk about changes in the lyric over the course of history, however massive we might take them to be, we need to posit that there is such a thing as the lyric, or, shall we say, the Western lyric tradition, which has a history. Second, given that there is a history of the Western lyric, I have been inclined to stress continuities, in part because the historicist-contextualist criticism that is currently dominant in the United States is eager to declare discontinuities.
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In both cases, Alice finds herself in a land in which weird and wacky imagery abounds, identity is always shifting, and language often fails as a means of communication. Fertile ground for semiotic analysis, indeed. What sort of relationship exists between language langue and speech parole in the Alice books? Is there some sort of imbalance or disconnection that contributes to all the misunderstanding? The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle In each of these stories , the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes solves a case by which everyone else is totally baffled. The police may poke fun at his approach, but Holmes shows again and again that his ability to interpret signs is second to none.