Friday, August 31, 2007

"the physique of the literary experience"

"The function of an art is to free the intellect from the tyranny of the affects."

- Ezra Pound

"A house eats up the wood that made it."

- Robert Lowell

OK if I quote more from The Scholar's Art? I admire this:

"In the nineteenth century ... the appreciation and study of literature began as recitation. 'Readers' ... compiled prose and poem texts for training people in oral performance and articulation. This ancient interpretive model lost nearly all of its authority during the last century, an unfortunate cultural lapse (we can now see). More rationalist procedures, thematically focused, worked to unhinge us from the physique of the literary experience that comes through so much more clearly in performative recitation." (138)

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