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"The very existence of poetry should make us laugh. What is it all about? What is it for?"
“El subtítulo ‘Modelo para armar’ podría llevar a creer que las
diferentes partes del relato, separadas por blancos, se proponen como piezas permutables.”
There is somenting "private" in poetry?There is a "private" language?What's the meaning of "exaggerate"?"Dichten=condensare[poetry] = To charge language with meaning to the utmost possible degree"said the master, Pound.
I meant private as opposed to public, not private in the sense of Wittgenstein's private language argument. Exaggerate in the sense of a theatrical sense of the self--a self-dramatization.
It is not the "self" a valid instrument as any other?Yes. The "self" should be "responsible to more than itself" as said Olson, but the "self" is the medium. There is any other?It is not an illusion the "objective" attitude in poetry, a naïveté?I mistrust the radical objectivism in the US poetry. It is not very often an affected posture?
You might just as well say that you distrust the radical subjectivism of American poetry, with the confessional school and its legion of followers. To say the self is an instrument is already to take a more "objective" posture. The self is an instrument, not an origin or source. I wasn't talking naively about writing from the self or not, but about styles of self-presentation. You can exaggerate or understate, for example, evade or take things on directly. To formulate these questions you need to invert the subject and the verb: "Is not the 'objective' attitude in poetry an illusion, a naivete?" "Is there any other?"
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