[Ezra Pound’s – Literary Essays (New Directions, 1968) & Louis Zukofsky’s A Test of Poetry (Objectivist Press, 1948 – reprinted Wesleyan University Press, 2000)]
AG: What I’ve covered so far in this course, I don’t know if you’ve noticed (because I didn’t notice till I was walking up here tonight) was..I started with some definition by (Ezra) Pound – melopoeia (music), phanopoeia.. (phanopoeia – the picture cast in the mind’s eye, melopoeia, the music of the language, and logopoeia, “the dance of intellect among words”). That’s the… so it’s the.. According to (Louis) Zukofsky, his words for the same … Read More
AG: Homework is to write a sonnet next – ABABCDCDEFEFGG – Shakesperean-type sonnet, simple Shakespearean easy sonnet. We’ve all done quatrains, now pentametric, basically pentametric quatrains, of course double-rhyme – ABABCDCDEFEFGG. And also read through all the Shakespeare Sonnets that you’ve got there , and if you can, get hold of all of the Shakespeare Sonnets and read them through like a novel
Student: Would you repeat that rhyme form again slowly?
AG: So because there is that meeting place of all emotions and breath, of emotion and breath, and language, and cadence, because some poets arrive at it, therefore it’s possible for them to straighten their backs and say, “Not marble, nor the gilded monuments/ Of princes shall outlive this powerful rhyme”. He (Shakespeare) says it again in Sonnet 65, next page “Since brass..” (even brass now, not merely stone or marble gilded monuments but the actual solid brass itself) – “Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless … Read More
AG: So the obvious ones that you jump to is (William) Shakespeare – similar thought – Sonnet number 55 on page 213 – You get a very similar.. Well, we’re now up to the Sonnets of Shakespeare anyway. So it’s a good place to jump into.. Now.. what Sonnet is it now? – 55 – yeah, 213, the bottom of the page – Everyone knows that one? The great, you know, it’s like (a)symphony orchestra, sonnet, old masterwork(s)..Would somebody like to … Read More
Terry Gross. 1987 in the studio on NPR’s “Fresh Air”
“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn, looking for an angry fix”
TG: Allen Ginsberg, reading his now classic poem “Howl”. Ginsberg was a cultural hero to several generations. He was one of the leading Beat poets in the (19)50’s, in the (19)60’s he was an icon of the counterculture, through the (19)70’s and (19)80’s, he continued to write and to explore Eastern religions. By the (19)90’s, he was an inspiration to up-and-coming … Read More
Allen begins with a reading (Timon’s speech) from William Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens)
AG: “Let me look back upon thee, O thou wall,/That girdlest in those wolves, dive in the earth,/ And fence not Athens! Matrons, turn incontinent!/ Obedience fail in children! slaves and fools,/ Pluck the grave wrinkled senate from the bench,/ And minister in their steads! To general filths/ Convert, … Read More
Allen Ginsberg’s June 30 1976 Spontaneous Poetics class continues
Student: Would you say (something about) … more older forms.. ?
[the tape breaks off here, but resumes, shortly thereafter, with Allen in mid-sentence]
AG …with measure to the normal spoken speech of Shakespearean England. I haven’t had that speech in my ear, actually, for real. I just heard it in the artifact of poetry. I assume it must have arisen originally out of some native tongue, but I don’t know (because they were messing around a lot with trying to adapt classical … Read More