By Paul de Man
'Through difficult 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 every one writing matters itself with its personal task 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 ebook international
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Extra resources for Allegories of Reading: Figurative Language in Rousseau, Nietzsche, Rilke and Proust
It is well known that these poems were written very quickly in a kind of euphoria which Rilke will remember when, more than twenty years later, he will write the &mnets to Orpheus; what the poems celebrate is primarily this euphoria. The metaphors connote in fact a formal potential of the signifier. The referent of the poem is an attribute of their language, in itself devoid of semantic depth; the meaning of the poems is the conquest of the technical skills which they illustrate by their acoustic success.
On the concept of figure in Rilke, the study by Beda Alleman, Zeit unci Figur beim spiiten mike, remains indispensable . ) . 29. " TROPES (RILKE) 47 dass eine Welt aus Klage ward, in der 30 alles noch einmal da war: . [ 1 :300] However, since it stems from a desire for presence, the com plaint is almost inevitably transformed into the impatience of a desire. It tends to consider the fictional world it engenders as an absent reality, and it tries to repossess what it lacks as if it were an exterior entity.
This proves that the distinction between side. According to the same stylistic criteria, The what is called "early" and "late" work is often not as simple as a genetic terminology would lead one to believe. Still, the break to which we are here alluding offers a convenient point of reference for the organization of the work. As long as one does not confer upon it the power that belongs to origins, the division has a certain validity. RHETORIC 28 disappear from the later work. 13 Like iron filings under the power of a magnet , the verbal mass turns towards a single object that causes the eclosion of an abundant poetic discourse.
Allegories of Reading: Figurative Language in Rousseau, Nietzsche, Rilke and Proust by Paul de Man