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Charles Eliot Norton Lectures #1967: This Craft of Verse

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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 with literature and the English language. Transcribed from tapes only recently discovered, This Craft of Verse captures the cadences, candor, wit, and remarkable erudition of one of the most extraordinary and enduring literary voices of the twentieth century. In its wide-ranging commentary and exquisite insights, the book stands as a deeply personal yet far-reaching introduction to the pleasures of the word, and as a first-hand testimony to the life of literature.

Though his avowed topic is poetry, Borges explores subjects ranging from prose forms (especially the novel), literary history, and translation theory to philosophical aspects of literature in particular and communication in general. Probably the best-read citizen of the globe in his day, he draws on a wealth of examples from literature in modern and medieval English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Greek, Latin, Arabic, Hebrew, and Chinese, speaking with characteristic eloquence on Plato, the Norse kenningar, Byron, Poe, Chesterton, Joyce, and Frost, as well as on translations of Homer, the Bible, and the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.

Whether discussing metaphor, epic poetry, the origins of verse, poetic meaning, or his own "poetic creed," Borges gives a performance as entertaining as it is intellectually engaging. A lesson in the love of literature and in the making of a unique literary sensibility, this is a sustained encounter with one of the writers by whom the twentieth century will be long remembered.

About the Author

Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) is the author of Labyrinths and Ficciones, among other books. His Collected Fictions was recently published in a new translation.Calin-Andrei Mihailesu is Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures, University of Western Ontario.

Table of Contents

1. The Riddle of Poetry

2. The Metaphor

3. The Telling of the Tale

4. Word-Music and Translation

5. Thought and Poetry

6. A Poet's Creed

Notes

"Of This and That Versatile Craft"
by Calin-Andrei Milhailescu

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674002906
Editor:
Mihalescu, Calin-Andrei
Editor:
Mihalescu, Calin-Andrei
Editor:
Mihailescu, Calin-Andrei
Author:
Mihailescu, Calin-Andrei
Author:
Borges, Jor
Author:
ge Luis
Author:
Borges, Jorge Luis
Author:
Mihalescu, Calin-Andrei
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Mass. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Poetry -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Charles Eliot Norton Lectures
Series Volume:
no. 1251967-1968
Publication Date:
September 2000
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 halftone
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5 in 0.6 lb

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Fiction and Poetry » Poetry » Criticism and Discussion
Humanities » Literary Criticism » Poetry Criticism

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