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Response to Kindellan and Kotin

Response to Kindellan and Kotin Marjorie Perloff ‘When most scholars discuss The Cantos’, declare Kindellan and Kotin in their challenging and provocative essay, ‘they usually have one thing in mind: parataxis – and specifically the “ideogrammic method’’.’ Citing Pound’s own famous analysis of the ROSE / IRON DUST, CHERRY / FLAMINGO ideogram in ABC of Reading, the authors elaborate, ‘In theory, the ideogrammic method juxtaposes discrete facts to make complex connections and communicate abstract ideas. It exemplifies a process of induction: concrete particulars ground general concepts.’ And they add, ‘At root, the ideogrammic method is a hermeneutic based on intuition and immediate insight. [...] The poetics that underlie Pound’s so-called method – its tendency to insinuate connections between unconnected or barely connected things – exacerbates and exploits the lacunae that philologists attempt to repair and explain.’ As an example of Pound’s poetics, as they construe it, Kindellan and Kotin choose the first ten lines of ‘Canto 104’: Na Khi talk made out of wind noise, And North Khi, not to be heard amid sounds of the forest but to fit in with them unperceived by the game, But when the young lout was selling the old lout The idea of betraying Mihailovitch The air http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Modernist Cultures Edinburgh University Press

Response to Kindellan and Kotin

Modernist Cultures , Volume 12 (3): 6 – Nov 1, 2017

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Edinburgh University Press
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Copyright © Edinburgh University Press
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2041-1022
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1753-8629
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10.3366/mod.2017.0181
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Abstract

Marjorie Perloff ‘When most scholars discuss The Cantos’, declare Kindellan and Kotin in their challenging and provocative essay, ‘they usually have one thing in mind: parataxis – and specifically the “ideogrammic method’’.’ Citing Pound’s own famous analysis of the ROSE / IRON DUST, CHERRY / FLAMINGO ideogram in ABC of Reading, the authors elaborate, ‘In theory, the ideogrammic method juxtaposes discrete facts to make complex connections and communicate abstract ideas. It exemplifies a process of induction: concrete particulars ground general concepts.’ And they add, ‘At root, the ideogrammic method is a hermeneutic based on intuition and immediate insight. [...] The poetics that underlie Pound’s so-called method – its tendency to insinuate connections between unconnected or barely connected things – exacerbates and exploits the lacunae that philologists attempt to repair and explain.’ As an example of Pound’s poetics, as they construe it, Kindellan and Kotin choose the first ten lines of ‘Canto 104’: Na Khi talk made out of wind noise, And North Khi, not to be heard amid sounds of the forest but to fit in with them unperceived by the game, But when the young lout was selling the old lout The idea of betraying Mihailovitch The air

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Modernist CulturesEdinburgh University Press

Published: Nov 1, 2017

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