Francis Ponge boldly broadcasts his poetic objective in Mute gadgets of Expression: "To settle for the problem that items provide to language." those objects—less selected than got spontaneously—are perceived with inimitable Pongean humor and rendered into glimmering nonetheless lifes. He offers voice to the usually disregarded points of typical gadgets and beings. Shunning regularly occurring poetic modes, Ponge forges new visions, photos drawn from nature, from mythology and the classics. during this quantity, springing from the Loire nation-state within the early Forties, Ponge’s "prôems" keep in mind the violent body spray of the mimosa, the cries of carnations, and the flirtations of wasps. From a small word- ebook, his sole provide of paper withinthe wartime deprivations, he composes repeated drafts of an leading edge shape combining poetry with research and impish play. regardless of the demoralizing clouds of career, Ponge wrests a hovering paean to his liked sliver of Provence.
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I have to discover this legislation, this lesson (La Fontaine might have acknowledged this moral). it might probably simply as effortlessly be a systematic legislations, a theorem. . . . So then, first and foremost, a sob, an emotion without obvious reason (the feeling of attractiveness isn't sufficient to provide an explanation for it. Why this sense? attractiveness is a note that replaces another). this suggests clarifying and casting mild, uncovering the explanations (for my feelings) and the legislation (of this landscape), making this panorama serve for anything except a classy sob, inducing it to turn into a logical, ethical device, inducing the brain and spirit to make nice strides on its behalf. My complete philosophic and poetic stance lies inside this challenge. notice that I’m present process large problems a result of large variety of pictures that flock to my disposal (and masks, lay mask on, fact) a result of originality of my perspective (strangeness will be extra love it) – to my over the top (Protestant) scruples – to my excessive ambition, and so on. progressively emphasizing that the total mystery of victory lies within the scrupulous accuracy of the outline: “I used to be inspired through this and that”: there needs to be no backing down in this, no rearranging, it has to be played in a very medical demeanour. once more this implies plucking (from the tree of technological know-how) the forbidden fruit, with all due deference to the powers of shadow that dominate us, to Monsieur God specifically. this implies actively militating (modestly yet successfully) for the “light” and opposed to obscurantism – the obscurantism that threatens to submerge us once more within the twentieth century via a go back to the barbarous stipulations endorsed through the bourgeoisie because the sole technique of saving its privileges. (To grab the character of something, you possibly can – if not able to grab it first and foremost – set off it to seem via comparability, via successive eliminations: “It’s now not this, it’s now not that, and so forth. ” – a metatechnical query, or just technical. ) July 19, 1941 while G. A. wrote to me lately in regards to the Pine Woods pc: “The final result of your efforts runs too nice a danger of turning into a quasi-scientific perfection which, for having gone through purification, has a tendency towards a compendium of interchangeable fabrics. each one factor in itself, conscientiously particular and taken to time period, is superb. the complete turns into a patchwork,” he used to be correct at the mark. definite, I desire to be much less a poet than a “savant. ” – i've got much less wish to finish up with a poem than a formulation, a explanation of impressions. If it’s attainable to came across a technological know-how whose topic will be aesthetic impressions, i would like to be the fellow of that technology. “Stretch out at the ground,” I wrote fifteen years in the past, “and begin all over again with every thing correct from the start. ” – Neither a systematic treatise, nor the encyclopedia, nor the Littré: anything either extra and no more . . . and how to prevent patchwork may be to submit not just the formulation one may need taken because the end, yet to post the total heritage of the examine, the magazine of one’s exploration . . . and extra down Audisio went on: “I think the artist can't aspire for higher than to eternalize the shared second of the item and himself.