The Sound of Poetry / The Poetry of Sound

The Sound of Poetry / The Poetry of Sound

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Sounda€”one of the central elements of poetrya€”finds itself all but ignored in the current discourse on lyric forms. The essays collected here by Marjorie Perloff and Craig Dworkinbreak that critical silence to readdress some of thefundamental connections between poetry and sounda€”connections that go far beyond traditional metrical studies. Ranging from medieval Latin lyrics to a cyborg opera, sixteenth-century France to twentieth-century Brazil, romantic ballads to the contemporary avant-garde, the contributors to The Sound of Poetry/The Poetry of Sound explore such subjects as the translatability of lyric sound, the historical and cultural roles of rhyme, the role of sound repetition in novelistic prose, theconnections between a€œsound poetrya€ and music, between the visual and the auditory, the role of the body in performance, and the impact of recording technologies on the lyric voice. Along the way, the essaystake on the a€œensemble discordsa€ of Maurice ScAuvea€™s DAclie, Ezra Pounda€™s use of a€œChinese whispers, a€ the alchemical theology of Hugo Balla€™s Dada performances, Jean Cocteaua€™s modernist radiophonics, and an intercultural account of the poetry reading as a kind of dubbing. A genuinely comparatist study, The Sound of Poetry/The Poetry of Sound is designed to challenge current preconceptions about what Susan Howe has called a€œarticulations of sound forms in timea€ as they have transformed the expanded poetic field of the twenty-first century.The noematic core or area of focus of the visual aquot;worldaquot; is preliminarily distinguishable from its neomatic fringe. ... and of silence to noise.42 With this ratio adjusted and maintained in direct proportion to the demands of telos, the visual demonstrates and asserts its authoritative intentionality by abstracting the world from an experiential realm into an intentional construct, from an acoustic chorus into a silentanbsp;...

Title:The Sound of Poetry / The Poetry of Sound
Author: Marjorie Perloff, Craig Dworkin
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2009-10-15

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