Wednesday, 13 February 2008
Nietzsche and Mallarmé: a quiz
Apologies for the dearth of posts recently but Life (and, I am afraid its opposite: family bereavement) has intervened but I came across the following from Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy while ambling through my personal commonplace book: "For the true poet the metaphor is not a rhetorical figure but a representative image that really hovers before him in place of a concept." I like this idea of the corporeality of poetic imagery in a world where we all live so much inside our heads and virtual universes but immediately below I see I have scribbled something from Mallarmé: "tout, au monde, existe pour aboutir à un livre". Question: do these support each other? Is writing a response to the world or is writing itself the world? Is a book more than a book? An independent entity that floats free of the empirical world? Or a report on experience? Mmmm, it must be a Wednesday lunchtime in the depths of winter.