Monthly Archives: August 2012

The critic’s job

Except for all the male pronouns, Alfred Kazin’s credo remains good advice: “A critic must reveal why we read him [a writer].  Everything else—the historical associations, the comparison with other writers, the placing in a school, the social, moral, and … Continue reading

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This may be the best short discussion ever written about words as signs (semiotics) vs. words as music, especially in poetry

A. R. Ammons, “Motion” (c. 1961-65)   The word is not the thing: is a construction of, a tag for, the thing: the word in no way resembles the thing, except as sound resembles, as in whirr, sound: the relation … Continue reading

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