Friday, November 19, 2004

Friday November 19, 2004

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 11:00 PM

From Tate to Plato

In honor of Allen Tate‘s birthday (today)
and of the MoMA re-opening (tomorrow)

“For Allen Tate the concept of tension was the most useful formal tool at the critic’s disposal, as irony and paradox were for Brooks. The principle of tension sustains the whole structure of meaning, and, as Tate declares in Tension in Poetry (1938), he derives it from lopping the prefixes off the logical terms extension and intension (which define the abstract and denotative aspect of the poetic language and, respectively, the concrete and connotative one). The meaning of the poem is ‘the full organized body of all the extension and intension that we can find in it.’  There is an infinite line between extreme extension and extreme intension and the readers select the meaning at the point they wish along that line, according to their personal drives, interests or approaches. Thus the Platonist will tend to stay near the extension end, for he is more interested in deriving an abstraction of the object into a universal….”

— from Form, Structure, and Structurality,
   by Radu Surdulescu

“Eliot, in a conception comparable to Wallace Stevens’ ‘Anecdote of the Jar,’ has suggested how art conquers time:

        Only by the form, the pattern,
Can words or music reach
The stillness, as a Chinese jar still
Moves perpetually in its stillness.”

F. O. Matthiessen
   in The Achievement of T.S. Eliot,
   Oxford University Press, 1958

From Writing Chinese Characters:

“It is practical to think of a character centered within an imaginary square grid…. The grid can… be… subdivided, usually to 9 or 16 squares….”

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix04B/041119-ZhongGuo.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

These “Chinese jars”
(as opposed to their contents)
are as follows:

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix04B/041119-Grids.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

Various previous Log24.net entries have
dealt with the 3×3 “form” or “pattern”
(to use the terms of T. S. Eliot).

For the 4×4 form, see Poetry’s Bones
and Geometry of the 4×4 Square.

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