Literary Criticism

ABC of Reading by Ezra Pound

By Ezra Pound

This significant paintings, first released in 1934, is a concise assertion of Pound’s aesthetic conception. it's a primer for the reader who desires to preserve an energetic, severe brain and turn into more and more delicate to the sweetness and idea of the world’s most sensible literature. With attribute power and iconoclasm, Pound illustrates his precepts with shows meticulously selected from the classics, and the concluding “Treatise on Meter” offers an illuminating essay for someone meaning to learn and write poetry. ABC of Reading monitors Pound’s nice skill to open new avenues in literature for our time.

Show description

Read Online or Download ABC of Reading PDF

Similar literary criticism books

London's Overthrow

London's Overthrow is a effective polemic describing the capital in a time of austerity at the start of the twenty-first century. Award-winning writer and essayist China Mieville cuts throughout the hyperbole of our legislators to offer a view from usual London - of the inequality, oppression and indignity and the hidden, subversive sentiment pervading all through our streets.

Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature

Greater than part a century after its translation into English, Erich Auerbach's Mimesis is still a masterpiece of literary feedback. a super exhibit of erudition, wit, and knowledge, his exploration of the way nice eu writers from Homer to Virginia Woolf depicted fact has taught generations how one can learn Western literature.


"Beckett feedback has been enormously improved, and infrequently chastened, by way of genetic scholarship, as this anthology. .. attests. "--Andre Furlani, Modernism/Modernity

"This selection of essays. .. represents the main entire research of Beckett's courting to philosophy in print, how philosophical concerns, conundrums, and subject matters play out amid narrative intricacies. the quantity is therefore either an astonishingly complete review and a sequence of designated readings of the intersection among philosophical texts and Samuel Beckett's oeuvre, provided by way of a plurality of voices and bookended through an historic creation and a thematic end. "--S. E. Gontarski, magazine of Beckett Studies

"Helps us to think about not just how Beckett made use of philosophy yet how his personal concept could be understood philosophically. "--Anthony Uhlmann, collage of Western Sydney

Modalités po(ï)étiques de configuration textuelle : le cas de Molloy de Samuel Beckett (Faux Titre, Volume 332)

Molloy est sans doute l’une des œuvres beckettiennes qui a suscité le plus d’interprétations variées et parfois même contradictoires. Modalités po(ï)étiques de configuration textuelle : le cas de « Molloy » de Samuel Beckett prend comme aspect de départ cet état de fait, l’interroge et suggest que l. a. texture du roman en est largement responsable.

Extra info for ABC of Reading

Example text

When Clov turns his telescope on the audience and says ‘I see . . a multitude . . in transports . . of joy’ (112), or when Hamm senses being looked at—‘All kinds of fantasies! ’ (142)—Beckett signals, I believe, a sense of our participation and responsibility in this play. The audience in fact enacts the Berkeleyean dictum ‘to be is to be perceived’ by granting painful life to these pained characters. Like Vladimir and Estragon, Hamm and Clov are not merely emblems of Heideggerian ‘thrown’ beings, but they stand as metaphors for the idea that humankind is condemned to act repeatedly in a play not necessarily of its own choosing.

By denying repetition, by hallucinating that this is all happening for the first time, Vladimir and Estragon can believe that this now is singular, unique, as a pure moment of waiting and expectation. Interpretation and self-consciousness But Beckett’s scrutiny of the desire for belief extends as equally to the audience. The critics who read the play as being about God or the salvational moment, as being about power, the Hegelian Master-Slave dialectic, as being about France under Nazi rule, have all fallen into the same belief trap that Vladimir and Estragon find themselves.

5 Beckett has staged a play about uncertainty, waiting, and boredom. Waiting for Godot, from this perspective, begins to look like it may simply be ‘about’ what it says it is about: waiting. For some critics of a more existential bent, thus, Godot becomes a perfect representation of what it means to be, period: we have all waited in anxiety and hope for something. Alain Robbe-Grillet, in an enormously influential early essay on Godot, draws on the existential-phenomenological philosophy of Martin Heidegger, especially Heidegger’s notion of ‘thrownness’.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.84 of 5 – based on 33 votes