Allegories of Reading: Figurative Language in Rousseau, by Paul de Man PDF

By Paul de Man

ISBN-10: 0300023227

ISBN-13: 9780300023220

'Through complicated and chic shut readings of poems through Rilke, Proust's Remembrance, Nietzsche's philosophical writings and the most important works of Rousseau, de guy concludes that each one writing matters itself with its personal job as language, and language, he says is usually unreliable, slippery, impossible....Literary narrative, since it needs to depend upon language, tells the tale of its personal lack of ability to inform a story....De guy demonstrates, fantastically and convincingly, that language turns again on itself, that rhetoric is untrustworthy.' Julia Epstein, Washington put up e-book international

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1:24] 12. As in the figure of the ball, metaphor for God and addressed as "Ding der Dinge" in a poem from The Book ofMoTUlStic Life (Rainer Maria mlke, Werke in drei Biinden [Frankfurt am Main: Insel Verlag, 1966], 1:21. All quotations from Rilke's poems refer to this edition). The passage can be read as an early version of some of the New Poems. 13. Else Buddeberg, Rainer Maria mlke, eine innere Biographie (Stuttgart, 1954), observes, with reference to The Book of Hours, "that the evaluation of [its] merit is still being much discussed today" and quotes two critics to illustrate the wide divergences of opinion.

The remark applies, with qualifications too complex to enumerate here, to the writings on Rilke of Heidegger, Guardini, Bollnow, Mason, and jacob Steiner. 10. Such as, for instance, H. W. Belmore, Rilke's Craftmanship: An Anag,sis of His Poetic Style (Oxford, 1 954); Ulrich Fiilleborn, Das Strukturproblem tier spiiten Lyrik Rilkes (Heidelberg, 1960); Frank H. Wood, Rainer Maria Rilke: The Ring of Forms (Minneapolis, 1958); Brigitte L. Bradley, Rainer Maria Rilkes neue Gedichte: Ihr zyklisches GeJiige (Bern, 1 968).

This transfer then reveals a totaliz­ ing oneness that was originally hidden but which is fully revealed as soon as it is named and maintained in the figural language. One could stop here, and confine oneself to the discovery of further analogical parallels (such as the convergence of the spatial with the musical theme by way of an erotic connotation-since the body of the violin is that of a woman as well) and especially by stressing the perfect coalescence of the metaphorical narration with the sound­ pattern of the poem .

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