(PDF/EPUB) [This Craft of Verse] ð Jorge Luis Borges


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  • This Craft of Verse
  • Jorge Luis Borges
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  • 09 March 2019
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Free read Ï This Craft of Verse 106 Through a twist of fate that the author of 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 of a life long love affair wi. 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 of 67 and spring 68 The Argentinian was nearing 70 when he gave this series of 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 of the lectures He spoke in a clipped staccato manner catching breath and thought at once He groped for ideas rather like a blind man groping for things in the dark But he always found them and he brought them out 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 of the library of the mind the library in his mindThe audience listened intently keenly as the penetrating gaze of the master pierced through the lines of poetry and gave his literary interpretation and appreciation He spoke the six lectures impromptu with perhaps only a few days preparation for each topicThe range of his subjects are as varied as colors He began with the riddle of poetry and continued with metaphor epic poetry and the novel word music and translation and thought and poetry He ended with sharing his own creed as a poet wherein he try to justify my own life and the confidence some of you may have in me despite this rather awkward and fumbling first lecture 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 kind of magic in the words he was unleashing He had a way of saying things in a punctilious manner of punctuating ideas even if they were in retrospect obvious observations Like for example Happiness when you are a reader is freuent Or on reading lists The danger of making a list is that the omissions stand out and that people think of you as being insensitive And on long books Though we are apt to think 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 lines or 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 of San Juan de la Cruz He recited them with feeling bringing out the stresses where they fall sometimes going at length in describing the choice of words of the poet and pointing out their distinctiveness what makes the lines go on ringing in the reader s ears Sometimes it felt like he was sharing his conversations with the old masters from Greek and Old English giving us an exclusive preview to an anticipated blockbuster movieAside from erudition two other things marked the genius of these lectures humor and humility The speaker s rapport and interaction with the audience were amazing One imagined the listeners hanging on 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 of them and yet I cannot resist the temptation of buying new books When I go when I walk inside a library I find a book on one of my hobbies for example Old English or 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 of the speaker s humor The interaction between speaker and listeners was just preciousThe lectures also revealed a man of humility and self effacing disposition one who acknowledged his forebears and influences and the sources of 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 of course say that only a dozen or so patterns exist and that all other metaphors are mere arbitrary gamesIn fact he said them those things about the patterns and the games of metaphors But he always gave fair warning on what and what not to expect from him But still the things he spoke aboutHis thoughts on translation were as timely as ever In his lecture on translation he debunked the supposed inferiority of translations to the original text by stating I suppose if we did not know whether one was original and the other translation we could judge them fairly It s one of the best defense of translations I ve readOn the strange beauty of literal translations he had an interesting takeIn fact it might be said that literal translations make not only as Matthew Arnold pointed out for uncouthness and oddity but also for strangeness and beauty This I think is felt by all of us for if we look into a literal translation of some outlandish poem we expect something strange If we do not find it we feel somehow disappointedHe erroneously assumed however that FitzGerald s translation of Omar Khayy m s Rub iy t from which he uoted a uatrain as an example is a literal one And I m not sure what he would make of Nabokov s extremely faithful Eugene OneginThat only a very few patterns and rhyming schemes existed in poetry led the poet to declare that free verse is much difficult to pull off than rhymed poemsI began as most young men do by thinking that free verse is easier than the regular forms of 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 once a pattern is evolved a pattern of rhymes of assonances of alliterations of long and short syllables and so on you only have to repeat the pattern While if you attempt prose and prose of course comes long after verse then you need as Stevenson pointed 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 precaution of being Walt Whitman or 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 of verse are easier Another facility another easiness may lie in the fact that once you have written a certain line once 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 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 thought of 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 one reads what one likes yet one writes not what one would like to write but what one is able to writeAnd here I am thinking all along that Roberto Bola o s line Reading is important than writing was his 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 amount of 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 of ourselves not as artists but perhaps as mere journalists or historians A similar aesthetic was taken to heart by the late W G Sebald who featured Borges in The Rings of Saturn Writers take heedOn novels it was clear he doesn t like the narrative strategy of Ulysses He liked epics instead He disdained self conscious stories By epic he meant the simultaneous singing of a verse and telling of 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 of 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 out the essence of most novels lies in the breaking down of a man in the degeneration of characterSo better to fall into the trickery of a poet than a novelist It was possible the lecturer was averse to the encroachment of postmodernism on the novel Like many critics he saw the death of 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 of shifting time the idea of 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 of subject matter or of styleEven if we are now postmodern we are still modern He was confident that something was at hand He prophesied the comeback of the epicMaybe I am an old fashioned man from the nineteenth century but I have optimism 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 once again be a maker I mean he will tell a story and he will also sing it And we will not think of those two things as different even as we do not think they are different in Homer or in VirgilThings could only 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 or better still hinted at there is a kind of hospitality in our imaginationThat s what it felt like listening to the poet One was a visitor being treated to the hospitality of 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 of intelligence and lucidity uncontaminated by reality In these recordings compiled as This Craft of Verse the poet was not cold He exuded warmth like a grandfather And the mountain of intelligence and lucidity had chosen to be accessible and scalable The climb was memorable The view from the summit was a postcard

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Free read Ï This Craft of Verse 106 Th literature and the English language Transcribed from tapes only recently discovered This Craft of Verse captures the cadences candour wit and remarkable erudition of one of the most extraordinary and enduring literary voices. It goes without saying that Borges is a man of great learning but in this series of lectures his humility and self deprecating wit outshine even his extensive knowledge of world literature I suppose being honored at Harvard meant a lot to him At any rate it s a very uick and enjoyable read

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Free read Ï This Craft of Verse 106 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 of the word and as a first hand testimony of to the life of literatur. Fairly interesting and Borges is as eminently likable speaking as himself as he is speaking under one of his thousands of guises he has the combination of intelligence and necessary lack of confidence in it and depth of feeling needed to avoid academic posturing and mouth breathing


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