Notes on Thought and Vision and The Wise Sappho Kindle

Notes on Thought and Vision and The Wise Sappho Kindle


Notes on Thought and Vision and The Wise Sappho ➱ [Read] ➬ Notes on Thought and Vision and The Wise Sappho By H.D. ➼ – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk Notes on Thought and Vision by Imagist poet HD Hilda Doolittle is an aphoristic meditation on how one works toward an ideal body mind synthesis a contemplation of the sources of imagination and the cr Notes on Thought and Vision by Thought and MOBI ☆ Imagist poet HD Hilda Doolittle is an aphoristic meditation on how one works toward an ideal body mind synthesis a contemplation of the sources of imagination and the creative process and a study of gender differences HD believed to be inherent in women s and men s consciousness Here, too, is The Wise Sappho, a lyrical tribute to the great poet of Lesbos, for whom HD felt deep personal kinship.


10 thoughts on “Notes on Thought and Vision and The Wise Sappho

  1. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    How lucky the world is to have H.D s wild attempts to name the over mind, the state of being that opens our capacity for making and appreciating art I can imagine this essay productively paired with Lorca s In Search of Duende The over mind seems to lead to the same kind of immersive, immediate, spontaneous experience of art as duende, but H.D takes a very different tack from Lorca, suggesting that we can only arrive at this over mind through the intellect, rather than through a non co How lucky the world is to have H.D s wild attempts to name the over mind, the state of being that opens our capacity for making and appreciating art I can imagine this essay productively paired with Lorca s In Search of Duende The over mind seems to lead to the same kind of immersive, immediate, spontaneous experience of art as duende, but H.D takes a very different tack from Lorca, suggesting that we can only arrive at this over mind through the intellect, rather than through a non conscious route My favorite passages stem from H.D s descriptions of a statue of a charioteer at Delphi, which she names as one of her sign posts, those works of art that are straight, clear entrances to over world consciousness At one point, she imagines this statue as telegraphing a message and distinguishes between the bounty of art and the paucity of people who can receive the message of art There is no trouble about art, it is the appreciators we want We want young men and women to communicate with the charioteer and his like I wrestled with this idea, which seems to disrupt my populist sensibilities, but even H.D notes that this world is there for everyone it s only that we relikely to seek comfort than the kind of unusual consciousness that allows us to appreciate and make art My only quibble with Notes on Thought and Vision is that H.D uses so much of what would now be considered ableist language I know she was a product of her time and that disability was perceived through a different paradigm than it often is now, but the language still grated.The book also includes another lyric essay, The Wise Sappho, a beautiful praise song that riffs on Meleager s statement that Sappho s work is little, but all roses I m not sure I ve read one poet so unabashedly and lushly appreciating another I loved it, and it made me want to return to If Not, Winter Fragments of Sappho


  2. julieta julieta says:

    I feel like I ve just had a conversation with someone I really love and admire just for trilogy, a beautiful and moving book but like maybe she is looking straight ahead and saying something much too elevated for me, which I can t really catch completely Is she a visionary I think she is, but is she crazy maybe she is too.


  3. cristiana cristiana says:

    it s a good book to pick up when one is feeling disillusioned by writing.


  4. Damon Stanley Damon Stanley says:

    Your enjoyment depends how much mystical claptrap you can stomach, but if you power through that you get a lot of wonderful rumination on HD s art and great lyrical passages.


  5. Sophia Sophia says:

    weird, trippy, all over in thought and writing perfect.


  6. Matt Martinson Matt Martinson says:

    I enjoyed this little book It consists of scattered notes Doolittle made after her jellyfish experience She was apparently on the Scilly Islands an archipelago south of Great Britain in 1919 when it happened From what I ve learned, H.D had been working with Freud but it did not help her I imagine her as a sort of St John, outcast on her island and failed by the world and its wisdom, when she had her epiphany She envisioned the over mind, which, she says, is like a jellyfish cap, its I enjoyed this little book It consists of scattered notes Doolittle made after her jellyfish experience She was apparently on the Scilly Islands an archipelago south of Great Britain in 1919 when it happened From what I ve learned, H.D had been working with Freud but it did not help her I imagine her as a sort of St John, outcast on her island and failed by the world and its wisdom, when she had her epiphany She envisioned the over mind, which, she says, is like a jellyfish cap, its tentacles coming down and enveloping the body we are not, of course, being literal here This covering is the clarity that comes to the artist through hard work, understanding, and achievement it is artistic understanding that comes through rigorous work rather than mere inspiration Reaching it is moving from normal consciousness to abnormal consciousness and is accompanied by grinding discomfort and mental agony In other words, H.D s enlightened vision of creative consciousness comes to artists through hard work she disregards the classic notion of inspiration and points to a bodily, corporeal notion of the artist coming into his or her own It is what many today would call a dismissal of masculine notions of brilliance, which she replaces with what those same people would call a feminine understanding I don t have much of a stance on it rather than finding it interesting I see a lot of similarities between H.D s concept of the over mind and the ideas of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nietzsche concerning Man Thinking, the oversoul, and the superman These all point to higher, near unattainable ideals for what a person can become The obvious difference, both in the works but also in the mere wording, is the inclusivity of Doolittle s ideas versus the uber masculine nature of Emerson and Nietzsche s notions Interesting.The last portion of the book is a meditation homage to Sappho, titled The Wise Sappho In it, Doolittle ruminates on Sappho, particularly her place in ancient literature and culture and how that makes her someone to adore and respect today This part of the book was not as interesting to me, though, to be fair, I am far too ignorant in regards to Sappho, and this could certainly be swaying my opinion on the matter.Nevertheless, the book as a whole is quite fascinating Moreover, as a very short book, a reader has very little to lose checking it out too honest Here s a nice quote from the book to end on Flowers are made to seduce the senses fragrance, form, colour If you can not be seduced by beauty, you cannot learn the wisdom of ugliness


  7. Jimmy Jimmy says:

    HD talks about the creative process in refreshingly direct, yet appropriately ungraspable language.For me, it was the birth of my child that the jelly fish conciousness seemed to come definitely into the field or realm of the intellect or brain.In a later essay, she talks about Sappho It s good, but the language is a bitdense and hard to parse, and I really don t care about Sappho as much.


  8. Antonio Delgado Antonio Delgado says:

    Notes on Thought and Vision is the closest to understand H.D s poetics Throughout these aphorisms she creates a poetics that even though is Hegelian, detaches from Freudian psychoanalysis while gets closer to embrace the Jungian collective unconsciousness as if Schopenhauer knocks the doors.


  9. Aran Aran says:

    Um Whaaaaat


  10. Ross Ross says:

    If you can not be seduced by beauty, you cannot learn the wisdom of ugliness.


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