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Friday, July 5, 2019

The Motive for Metaphor

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"János Bolyai was a nineteenth-century mathematician who
set the stage for the field  of non-Euclidean geometry."

Transylvania Now , October 26, 2018

 

From  Coxeter and the Relativity Problem

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Desiring the exhilarations of changes:
The motive for metaphor, shrinking from
The weight of primary noon,
The A B C of being,

The ruddy temper, the hammer
Of red and blue, the hard sound—
Steel against intimation—the sharp flash,
The vital, arrogant, fatal, dominant X.

Wallace Stevens, "The Motive for Metaphor"

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

A Motive for Metaphor

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From 'Models and Metaphors' by Max Black, Cornell U. Press 1962

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

A Defense of Meaning

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"In certain moods the horror of a word is the meaning it defends against all comers; so metaphor is the device by which one undermines that defense. In Stevens’ 'Someone Puts a Pineapple Together,' the someone contemplates 'A wholly artificial nature, in which / The profusion of metaphor has been increased.' If you put a pineapple together and see metaphors becoming more profuse, you release yourself from psychological determinations, you become a performative gesture and are happy to find yourself in that state. But then a scruple may assert itself:

He must say nothing of the fruit that is
Not true, nor think it, less. He must defy
The metaphor that murders metaphor.

Presumably a bad metaphor murders a good one: bad in the sense of telling lies, ignoring the truths that can’t honorably be ignored."

— Denis Donoghue, "The Motive for Metaphor,"
     The Hudson Review , Winter 2013 issue

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Motif

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"In U.S. criminal law, means, motive, and opportunity is
a common summation of the three aspects of a crime
that must be established before guilt can be determined
in a criminal proceeding." — Wikipedia

See also "Motive for Metaphor" in this journal.

"I'm in with the in crowd, 
I go where the in crowd goes"

— Musical motif of the recent film "Irrational Man"

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Philosophy with a Hammer

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"The motive for metaphor, shrinking from
The weight of primary noon,
The A B C of being,

The ruddy temper, the hammer
Of red and blue, the hard sound—
Steel against intimation— the sharp flash,
The vital, arrogant, fatal, dominant X."

— Wallace Stevens,
   "The Motive for Metaphor" (1947)

See also a search in this journal for Philosophy Hammer.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Motives for Metaphor

Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:01 AM

This post is a scholium for Joyce Carol Oates, who has
written a very readable essay in the current New York
Review of Books 
titled

Inspiration and Obsession in Life and Literature.

Oates mentions three times, without attributing it to the late poet
Wallace Stevens, the phrase "the motive for metaphor."

The following paragraphs are by Denis Donoghue, from
a piece titled "The Motive for Metaphor" in the Winter 2013
issue of The Hudson Review

     Related material in this journal: Copleston and a fellow Jesuit.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The XYZ of Being

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From a recent Gitterkrieg  post:

"The motive for metaphor, shrinking from
The weight of primary noon,
The A B C of being…." — Wallace Stevens

See also the cover of the February 2015
Notices of the American Mathematical Society .

"Omega is as real  as we need it to be."
Burt Lancaster in The Osterman Weekend

Thursday, January 8, 2015

ABC Verlag, Zurich

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IMAGE- Dust jacket, 'Conceptions of International Exhibitions,' by Hans Neuburg, ABC Verlag, Zurich, 1969

"The motive for metaphor, shrinking from
The weight of primary noon,
The A B C of being…." — Wallace Stevens

See also Cube Trinity in this journal.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Saturday June 28, 2008

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The Motive for Metaphor

You like it under the trees in autumn,
Because everything is half dead.
The wind moves like a cripple among the leaves
And repeats words without meaning.

In the same way, you were happy in spring
With the half colors of quarter-things,
The slightly brighter sky, the melting clouds,
The single bird, the obscure moon–

The obscure moon lighting an obscure world
Of things that would never be quite expressed,
Where you yourself were never quite yourself
And did not want nor have to be,

Desiring the exhilarations of changes:
The motive for metaphor, shrinking from
The weight of primary noon,
The A B C of being,

The ruddy temper, the hammer
Of red and blue, the hard sound–
Steel against intimation– the sharp flash,
The vital, arrogant, fatal, dominant X.

— Wallace Stevens,
   Transport to Summer (1947)
 

Related material:

Today's noon entry (the A B C of being)
and entries of 3/22 in 2006 and 2007.

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