reading revival: a poetry book blog

reading revival is devoted to promoting australian poetry books and related discussion through reading one book - firstly, duty by geraldine mckenzie. i will choose a new book roughly every 3 months

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

nonsense ... the line singled out in the geoff page review below: 'flap dang bamm boozled right rort write' (from 'next dance--' pp 88-9) raises questions about nonsense .. something kids are brought up on in nursery rhymes & some folk songs .. nonsense is integral to lear, hamlet and macbeth (tragedies more than comedies??) both as practice & theme .. & it comes out in rock 'n roll eg tutti frutti which this line reminds me of .. its in stein & joyce .. cummings ginsberg et al (pull my daisy) & lisa jarnot .. nonsense relies on puns .. shakespeare liked puns .. stein & joyce are the big modernist punters in my head .. the nme (new musical express) is exemplary in its use of puns in article & review headlines .. but is the pun like metaphor a conservative form? that elides difference? where does langpo sit with this? is klupzy a pun or only to me? the shakespeare, joyce, stein revel in punning; ashbery, bruce andrews, coolidge seem to me to be more .. post-pun: the pun suppressed. hejinian tho steinian is more austere i think. i expect some poets use puns as a structural device & then strip the poem of evidence. less adventurous poets only use puns very obviously & badly: this is known as academic humour.


At 9:11 AM, Blogger Simon said...

It's all academic now.

At 6:26 AM, Blogger michaelf said...

'it' the emblematic materialist pronoun - it (i.e. it) makes me think of ashbery's use of it - not particularly materialist - more post-mystical(?). academic? theres certainly a lot on ashbery - is his writing academic? not in the sense i meant - but if its all academic?? yesterday i was reading john silkins excellent book about first world war poets 'out of battle' he quotes hardys 'dynasts' the it there is the immanent will ..

At 6:28 AM, Blogger michaelf said...

i meant to say that 'it' is used by ashbery often as a structuring device - it is a useful tool .. which kind of brings us back to materialism? am i sounding academic?


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