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    This Craft of Verse PDF õ This Craft MOBI :Á captures the cadences, candour, wit and remarkable erudition of one of the most extraordinary and enduring literary voices of the th 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 of to the life of literature."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 154 pages
  • This Craft of Verse
  • Jorge Luis Borges
  • English
  • 11 August 2019
  • 0674002903

This Craft of Verse❮Read❯ ➳ This Craft of Verse ➶ Author Jorge Luis Borges – Essayreview.co.uk Through a twist of fate that the author of Labyrinths himself would have relished, these lost lectures given in English at Harvard in by Jorge Luis Borges return to us now, a recovered tale of a lif Through a twist of fate that the author of Labyrinths himself would have relished, these lost lectures given This Craft MOBI :Á in English at Harvard in 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, candour, wit and remarkable erudition of one of the most extraordinary and enduring literary voices of the th 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 of to the life of literature.


About the Author: Jorge Luis Borges

Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo, usually referred to as Jorge Luis Borges Spanish pronunciation xo xe lwis This Craft MOBI :Á bo xes , was an Argentine writer and poet born in Buenos Aires In , his family moved to Switzerland where he attended school and traveled to Spain On his return to Argentina in , Borges began publishing his poems and essays in Surrealist literary journals He also worked as a librarian and public lecturer Borges was fluent in several languages He was a target of political persecution during the Peron regime, and supported the military juntas that overthrew itDue to a hereditary condition, Borges became blind in his late fifties In , he was appointed director of the National Public Library Biblioteca Nacional and professor of Literature at the University of Buenos Aires In , he came to international attention when he received the first International Publishers Prize Prix Formentor His work was translated and published widely in the United States and in Europe He died in Geneva, Switzerland, in J M Coetzee said of Borges He,than anyone, renovated the language of fiction and thus opened the way to a remarkable generation of Spanish American novelists.


10 thoughts on “This Craft of Verse

  1. says:

    Self effacing Borges, fun to hang out with, but intimidating in his casual erudition.This is why I think of myself as being essentially a reader As you are aware, I have ventured occasionally into writing but I think that what I have read is farimportant 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 write.At first, certainly, I was only a reader Yet I think the happiness of a reader is beyond that of a wr Self effacing Borges, fun to hang out with, but intimidating in his casual erudition.This is why I think of myself as being essentially a reader As you are aware, I have ventured occasionally into writing but I think that what I have read is farimportant 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 write.At first, certainly, I was only a reader Yet I think the happiness of a reader is beyond that of a writer, for a reader need feel no trouble, no anxiety he is merely out for happiness And happiness, when you are a reader, is frequent For a writer, moments of pleasure is few and far between.Borges here comes across as magnificent a reader as he is a writer We can listen on in awe Of course, poetics wise nothing extraordinary is conveyed, nor intended Just the simple stuff

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    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 2000.Borges s voice boomed across space and time I found it ideal to listen to the lectures while following along with a transcripti 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 2000.Borges 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 mind.The 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 topic.The 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 mine It 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 frequent 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 novel.Among 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 movie.Aside 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 buying Sometimes, 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 precious.The lectures also revealed a man of humility and self effacing disposition, one who acknowledged his forebears and influences, and the sources of his metaphysical ideas.If 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 games.In 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 about His 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 read.On the strange beauty of literal translations, he had an interesting take In 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 disappointed.He erroneously assumed, however, that FitzGerald s translation of Omar Khayy m s Rub iy t from which he quoted a quatrain as an example is a literal one And I m not sure what he would make of Nabokov s extremely faithful Eugene Onegin.That only a very few patterns and rhyming schemes existed in poetry led the poet to declare that free verse is muchdifficult to pull off than rhymed poems.I began, as most young men do, by thinking that free verse is easier than the regular forms of verse Today I am quite sure that free verse is fardifficult 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, asubtle 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 isdifficult 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 you.This idea, unorthodox as it is, was wayinteresting 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 reader.As you are aware, I have ventured into writing but I think that what I have read is farimportant 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 write.And here I am thinking all along that Roberto Bola o s line , Reading isimportant 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 circumstances Of 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 heed.On 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 novelist If 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 character.So, 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 novel I 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 us.What 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 style Even if we are now postmodern, we are still modern He was confident that something was at hand He prophesied the comeback of the epic Maybe 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 Virgil.Things 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 mind.Anything suggested is fareffective than anything laid down When something is merely said or better still hinted at, there is a kind of hospitality in our imagination.That 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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    There is a wonderful moment in this where Borges talks of all of the possible metaphors there could be in the world all of the things that could be compared to other things, the near infinity of metaphors, and yet we constantly though ages and cultures return over and over to the same metaphors Stars and eyes, for instance and that beautiful line from Plato I wish I could be the night and then I would watch over you with a thousand eyes sigh.His discussion about believing in the chara There is a wonderful moment in this where Borges talks of all of the possible metaphors there could be in the world all of the things that could be compared to other things, the near infinity of metaphors, and yet we constantly though ages and cultures return over and over to the same metaphors Stars and eyes, for instance and that beautiful line from Plato I wish I could be the night and then I would watch over you with a thousand eyes sigh.His discussion about believing in the character of Sherlock Holmes long after he stopped believing in any of the stories of Holmes, is so brilliantly observant it is easy to see why people are obsessed with this man.These lectures are witty, intelligent and surprisingly frank As he says, he feels he isof a reader than a writer and that is a terribly interesting thing to say.I enjoyed these lectures muchthan I thought I would I had read some Borges in Uni and thought him one of those writers Now I must go back and readof him.A good book to read if you are feeling alone in the world

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    What an honor and a privilege to be given access to the mind of one of the most original thinkers in the history of literature In the 1967 1968 Charles Eliot Norton Lectures delivered at Harvard University, Borges spoke extemporaneously and without notes he was blind by this time about his life in literature and the craft of poetry I read this slim volume published in 2000 containing his six lectures and the afterword by the editor, C tlin Andrei Mih ilescu, and closed it to find my eyes f What an honor and a privilege to be given access to the mind of one of the most original thinkers in the history of literature In the 1967 1968 Charles Eliot Norton Lectures delivered at Harvard University, Borges spoke extemporaneously and without notes he was blind by this time about his life in literature and the craft of poetry I read this slim volume published in 2000 containing his six lectures and the afterword by the editor, C tlin Andrei Mih ilescu, and closed it to find my eyes filled with tears They were the tears of loss that such a brilliant mind has gone out of the world but also tears of gratitude that one such as he had come to be and that he has shared with us his love of reading and his insight into the magical world of words From our father Homer through Vergil through Borges, the chain continues, and I have at hand the latest volume of Alberto Manguel who keeps alive the light of truth passed down from heart to heart of those who love the music of the words Once as a young man while orange blossoms drifted down, I sat with my hands on the tomb of Saadi and wished for understanding In Borges I have found that wish fulfilled by learning that the seeking is the treasure and that joining the company of seekers is the highest aspiration Borges imagined Paradise to be a kind of magnificent library, and I cannot help but picture him there, his sight restored, climbing a ladder to reach a cherished volume shelved among the eternal stars

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    This Craft Of Verse is a little book composed of a series of short lectures Jorge Luis Borges gave at Harvard University in the fall of 1967 Taken together, they can be read as a series of love letters to poems, novels, histories and philosophies, as well as to all the men and women who wrote to make sense of life and, in doing so, gave pleasure.If Borges is a great lover he isCasanova than Don Juan The man speaks softly of writers, flirts with philosophers, and touches in passing hist This Craft Of Verse is a little book composed of a series of short lectures Jorge Luis Borges gave at Harvard University in the fall of 1967 Taken together, they can be read as a series of love letters to poems, novels, histories and philosophies, as well as to all the men and women who wrote to make sense of life and, in doing so, gave pleasure.If Borges is a great lover he isCasanova than Don Juan The man speaks softly of writers, flirts with philosophers, and touches in passing historic figures When he takes up books and writers, I feel the kind of envy I once felt when I saw a man enter a room with a woman I desired Later, I d watch them leave and imagine them falling into bed and into each other s flesh Borges is not a literary snob what s difficult is not his erudition but his generosity I do not deserve his patience, his gentle humor I suspect that he knew he was lecturing to a room of somnolents at best, and idiots at worse those at the back of the class, where you would have found me.How does one presume to keep up with a man who can start with Homer and continue to Kafka Or slip from Don Quixote to Sherlock Holmes, and later explains it was Tacitus who led him to Carlyle, who led him in turn to Schopenhauer Does he expect me to follow him Is it possible that I will learn to read for the pleasures of reading and then allow myself to invent my own conclusions, as Borges did with Joyce and with Whitman, too If I had a Thousand and One Nights, I couldn t do it That said, Borges, in The Craft of Verse, doesn t condemn me for my ignorance or, worse, my laziness What the man did in his lectures is invite his audience to join him The invitation remains open to us, his readers We can start today, or next week Borges lovers are immortal and insatiable we only have to take one in hand Then, another Their availability is not in question the question is Do we have the stamina

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    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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    Found this utterly lovely little book of lectures practically hidden away in the deepest bowels of the compressed stacks when I went looking for something else on poetry Bought myself and my lady a copy almost immediately after I began reading it Whenever I have dipped into books of aesthetics, I have had an uncomfortable feeling that I was reading the works of astronomers who never looked at the stars I mean that they were writing about poetry as if poetry were a task, and not what it really Found this utterly lovely little book of lectures practically hidden away in the deepest bowels of the compressed stacks when I went looking for something else on poetry Bought myself and my lady a copy almost immediately after I began reading it Whenever I have dipped into books of aesthetics, I have had an uncomfortable feeling that I was reading the works of astronomers who never looked at the stars I mean that they were writing about poetry as if poetry were a task, and not what it really is a passion and a joy 2 , I would like to say that we make a very common mistake when we think we re ignorant of something because we are unable to define it If we are in a Chestertonian mood one of the very best moods to be in, I think , we might say that we can define something only we know nothing about it 17 There are, of course, verses that are beautiful and meaningless Yet they still have a meaning not to the reason but to the imagination 85.http marklindner.info blog 2009 01 Anyone who knows me or has read this blog for the last year or so ought to be able to see how or, at least, that these quotes speak to me.The lecture titles are 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

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    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 quick and enjoyable read.

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    Every Borges lecture is always a treat see also the superb lecture collection Professor Borges A Course on English Literature , so thankfully this recent transcription of a series of rediscovered lectures Borges gave at Harvard in the 60s has been made available to us Not only was he one of the greatest writers of all time, but such a generous reader and riveting speaker that it s impossible to not want to immediately jump on everything he references I do think his modesty is often comical, Every Borges lecture is always a treat see also the superb lecture collection Professor Borges A Course on English Literature , so thankfully this recent transcription of a series of rediscovered lectures Borges gave at Harvard in the 60s has been made available to us Not only was he one of the greatest writers of all time, but such a generous reader and riveting speaker that it s impossible to not want to immediately jump on everything he references I do think his modesty is often comical, as in his occasional phrasings of oh, I may have forgotten this minor detail , when the reader knows full well that he delivered these multilingual, polyphonic, omnierudite lectures based solely on memory without any notes at all, but his humble and self effacing demeanor is so sincere, and his passion for literature so genuine, that it would be crazy to not give him the same charity as he gives his audience Even the titles of the half dozen lectures here are intriguing The Riddle of Poetry , The Metaphor , The Telling of the Tale , Word Music and Translation , Thought and Poetry , and A Poet s Creed but to actually read them or hear them the whole thing is on YouTube is to be transported into the presence of someone who is overflowing with pleasure at the inexhaustible joys that come from the simple act of reading really fine literature Here are some choice quotes that I enjoyed in the course of reading it, but the thing has to be experienced in its completeness because there s insights on every page Sometimes, looking at the many books I have at home, I feel I shall die before I come to the end of them, yet I cannot resist the temptation of buying new books Whenever I walk into a bookstore and 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, for I already have a copy at home If we think of the novel and the epic, we are tempted 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 the 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 character.Walter Pater wrote that all art aspires to the condition of music The obvious reason I speak as a layman of course would be that, in music, form and substance cannot be torn asunder Melody, or any piece of music, is a pattern of sounds and pauses unwinding itself in time, a pattern that I do not suppose can be torn The melody is merely the pattern, and the emotions it sprang from, and the emotions it awakens The Austrian critic Hanslick wrote that music is a language that we can use, that we can understand, but that we are unable to translate.Remember that Alfred North Whitehead wrote that, among the many fallacies, there is the fallacy of the perfect dictionary the fallacy of thinking that for every perception of the senses, for every statement, for every abstract idea, one can find an exact counterpart, an exact symbol, in the dictionary.When I speak of night, I am inevitably and happily for us, I think reminded of the last sentence of the first book in Finnegans Wake, wherein Joyce speaks of the rivering waters of, hitherandthithering waters of Night This is an extreme example of an elaborate style We feel that such a line could have been written only after centuries of literature We feel that the line is an invention, a poem a very complex web, as Stevenson would have had it And yet I suspect there was a moment when the word night was quite as impressive, was quite as strange, was quite as awe striking as this beautiful winding sentence rivering waters of, hitherandthithering waters of Night I think of myself as being essentially a reader As you are aware, I have ventured into writing but I think that what I have read is farimportant than what I have written For one reads what one likes yet one writes not what would like to write, but what one is able to write I had read in Lugones that the metaphor was the essential element of literature, and I accepted that dictum Lugones wrote that all words were originally metaphors This is true, but it is also true that in order to understand most words, you have to forget about the fact of their being metaphors For example, if I say, Style should be plain , then I don t think that we should remember that style stylus meant pen , and that plain means flat , because in that case we would never understand it

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    I read this book over breakfast I found that the format lended itself to such a casual reading short lectures, larger print I really liked the layout of the book Well done, typesetter You made reading this book a pleasure In typical Borges fashion, a single page will move effortlessly through quotes and references to Don Quixote, Arabian Nights, Old English grammar and Milton most of the quotations are delivered from memory in their original language.Only three stars, however, because I read this book over breakfast I found that the format lended itself to such a casual reading short lectures, larger print I really liked the layout of the book Well done, typesetter You made reading this book a pleasure In typical Borges fashion, a single page will move effortlessly through quotes and references to Don Quixote, Arabian Nights, Old English grammar and Milton most of the quotations are delivered from memory in their original language.Only three stars, however, because a lot of the opinions, anecdotes and commentary contained in this book are contained in other Borges books I ve read So deja vu But not in a bad way More like the loveable old uncle who repeats the same stories over and over

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