By Margaret Tudeau-Clayton, Martin Warnerd
Frank Kermode's paintings has continuously been very important to scholars of English literature. In those essays, best students severely verify Kermode's texts and query his illustration of literary learn, supplying their very own interpretative techniques.
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The determining point is that it is Mallarme himself who simultaneously inserts and withdraws the writer from the process of writing, whose freedom is made possible by, and must be credited to, the 'dancer' who is not a dancer, the woman who is not a woman: 'poeme degage de tout appareil du scribe'. Writing occupies that ever-shifting female space. Consequently Mallarme is a poet and theoretician whom a contemporary feminist critic such as Julia Kristeva can designate as an explorer of new ground and, though the issues are contentious, 'Ecriture feminine'.
Yet it cannot quite work, and Dante knows this. A gritty, pragmatic knowledge that it is Dante, the Florentine poet, who orchestrates his own erasure cannot be destroyed (just as later, with all the sharpened sense of individual identity which Protestantism could confer, George Herbert was to remain, irremediably the poetic master of his own, repeated, elegant-devout self-effacements, The Temple). 'universe si squaderna (Paradiso, xxxiii, 85-7) It would be wrong to forget, in the exaltation of this vision of unity, the force of the words si squaderna, 'are scattered' or 'scatter themselves'.
The famous paradigm of sense-making is our ability to 'hear' a merely serial 'tick-tick-tick-tick' as the symmetrically organised 'tick-tock, ticktack'. Even as we think we are hearing, we are in fact composing. Some people in response to this passage pointed out (what is true) that older clocks make two distinct sounds in repeated sequence- that is, they actually do 'go tick-tock, tick-tock'. Mean- The Sense of a Beginning 31 while, however, it is equally true that people can do the thing of which Kermode speaks, they can hear 'tick-tick-tick-tick' as 'tick-tock, tick-tock'.
Addressing Frank Kermode: Essays in Criticism and Interpretation by Margaret Tudeau-Clayton, Martin Warnerd