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January 13, 2010

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>>Webern and other twelve-tone extremists

I resemble that remark!

Although not a poem (in the traditional sense), I think the ending of FINNEGANS WAKE is superb:

"A way a lone a last a loved a long the"

Didn't Pound end some of his cantos like that, leaving you hanging, or am I thinking of something else?

Oh, no, Lewis, are you a twelve-toner? No offense intended. I also love the ending of Finnegans Wake. Yet despite the fact that it leaves you hanging, it still repeats; the music of the familiar poetic ending is there.

I'll be attempting to turn you on to Webern in a future post!!!

great post. i did a seminar on the whole notion of poetic closure. i like the idea of comparing it to music. i focused on the comparison to film and how the western ideal is often to have a very circular, definitive closure while the eastern though lends more to things being open ended - the ellipses perhaps :)

Jessie, thanks. Your seminar sounds great; which films/directors did you talk about?

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