By Anne Carson
The old Greek lyric poet Simonides of Keos used to be the 1st poet within the Western culture to take cash for poetic composition. From this start line, Anne Carson launches an exploration, poetic in its personal correct, of the assumption of poetic economic system. She deals a interpreting of yes of Simonides' texts and aligns those with writings of the trendy Romanian poet Paul Celan, a Jew and survivor of the Holocaust, whose "economies" of language are infamous. Asking such questions as, what's misplaced while phrases are wasted? and Who gains while phrases are kept? Carson unearths the 2 poets' amazing commonalities.
In Carson's view Simonides and Celan proportion an analogous mentality or disposition towards the realm, language and the paintings of the poet. Economy of the Unlost starts off by way of exhibiting how all the poets stands in a country of alienation among worlds. In Simonides' case, the reward economic climate of fifth-century b.c. Greece used to be giving strategy to one in line with cash and commodities, whereas Celan's existence spanned pre- and post-Holocaust worlds, and he himself, writing in German, turned estranged from his local language. Carson is going directly to examine a variety of elements of the 2 poets' options for coming to grips with the invisible in the course of the obvious global. a spotlight at the style of the epitaph can provide insights into the types of trade the poets envision among the dwelling and the lifeless. Assessing the effect on Simonidean composition of the cloth truth of inscription on stone, Carson means that a necessity for brevity prompted the exactitude and readability of Simonides' type, and proposes a comparability with Celan's curiosity within the "negative layout" of printmaking: either poets, although in several methods, hire one of those destructive picture making, slicing away all that's superfluous. This book's juxtaposition of the 2 poets illuminates their differences--Simonides' basic religion within the strength of the be aware, Celan's final despair--as good as their similarities; it offers fertile floor for the virtuosic interaction of Carson's scholarship and her poetic sensibility.
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10; Plato Republic 605a; Cratylus 425a, 430b–e, 432d; Aristotle Poetics 47a, 50a, 50b, 54b, 60b; Horace Ars poetica 361–65; Cicero Disputationes Tusculanae five. 39. 114; Longinus De sublimitate 17. 20; Dio Chrysostom Olympics 12; Augustine In Ioannis Evangelium 24. 2; Leonardo da Vinci Treatise on portray; McMahon (1956), 11–21; and surfaces on a regular basis within the arguments of later aestheticians from Lessing (1766) to McLuhan (1968). Secondary discussions contain Alpers (1972); Atkins (1934); Bell (1978); breaking point (1971); Burke (1757); Dorsch (1977); Du Bos (1740); Hagstrum (1958); Harriott (1969); Hazlitt (1844); Hermeren (1969); Lee (1940); Markiewicz (1987); Panofsky (1939); Schapiro (1973); Thayer (1975); Trimpi (1973); Uspensky (1972); Van Hook (1905); Wellek (1942); Wimsatt (1954); Wolfe (1975). 7 Longinus De sublimitate 15. 7. eight Pausanias let us know of the Polygnotan inscription (10. 25. 1), whereas Plutarch cites Simonides as an expert at the work within the city corridor at Phlya (Life of Themistokles 1. 4). Simonides additionally discovered social gathering to say, in a now-unknown context, a painter of Rhegium named Sillax (fr. 634 PMG). nine Michael Psellos fr. 821 Migne. 10 Pliny normal historical past 35. 29. See additional Bruno (1977), 1–30; Keuls (1978), three, 58–61; Robertson (1959), 111–36; Swindler (1929), 196–236. eleven Keuls (1978), 2–5, 58–65; Gombrich (1968), forty. 12 Holt (1957), 1:277. thirteen Plato Republic 599a; Sophist 234, 266c7–9. 14 at the relation Plato discerned or inspiration he discerned among poetry and sophistry, see Robinson (1987), 259–66. 15 Fr. three. 10 VS. Cf. the author’s citations from Aiskhylos (3. 12) and Kleoboulinos (3. 11); Plato Republic 596d–e. See extra Freeman (1946), 417–19; Rosenmeyer (1965), 234; Robinson (1987). sixteen Fr. B23 VS = Plutarch Moralia 348c; cf. Gorgias fr. B11. 17–18 VS. 17 Even Homer’s Zeus hotels to a silent nod of the pinnacle whilst he needs to make an “undeceiving” (οὐδ᾿ ἀπατηλὸν, Iliad 1. 526) statement, whereas Hesiod’s Muses exult of their authority over fact and lies immediately (Theogony 27): cf. Homeric Hymn to Hermes four. 560–63; Solon fr. 29 West; Parmenides fr. B8. 50–52; B19 VS. extra on ἀπάτη, see Bell (1978), 81–82; Christ (1941), 41–48; Detienne (1981), 106–43; Heinimann (1945), 39–47; Hoffman (1925); Van Groningen (1948), 1–7; Luther (1935), 80–92; Pohlenz (1920), 169; Rosenmeyer (1965), 227–30; Rostagni (1922), seventy eight; Snell (1926), 355–69; Suss (1910), 52–60; Untersteiner (1949), 1. 184–85; 2. sixty eight. 18 Guthrie (1969), three. 42–45. 19 Fr. B11. 8–14 VS; Plato Philebus 58a–b. 20 Plato Protagoras 316d; Christ (1941), forty-one; Rosenmeyer (1965), 233; Thayer (1975), 10; Wilamowitz-Moellendorf (1913), 141. 21 In an anecdote (whose constitution and tone might recommend the utilization used to be already typical) Plutarch documents that, whilst requested why he didn't hassle “to lie to the Thessalians,” Simonides spoke back, “The Thessalians are too silly to be deceived via me” (Plutarch Moralia 15d). we should always notice, yet now not concede, Wilamowitz’s declare that the witticism is just too natty for Simonides and merits move to Gorgias: (1913), 143.