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Tag: Language

ON NARCISSISM – A RIDDLE

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On Narcissism – A Riddle

Not all texts employ the poet’s dearest tool. 

‘What tool could that be?’ you ask. 

‘A pen?’ 

No. 

‘The Muses?’ 

No. 

‘Language?’ 

Close. Not language, exactly, but a component of language – a symbol, a glyph. 

‘What symbol?’ 

Some typefaces bestow crossbars on the uppercase character to form a columnar shape, but the symbol doesn’t always support the complex structure of language, for the very text that you read not once employs the self-centred letter. Trust me, you can check – use your eyes.

A TEAR IN THE VEIL

A Veiled Vestal Virgin by Raffaelle Monti

‘The Greeks thought of language as a veil which protects us from the brightness of things. I think poetry is a tear in that veil.’

Alice Oswald, in an interview with Deryn Rees-Jones, Poetry Review 103:4 (Winter 2013)

FROM BAD TO NORSE

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From Bad to Norse

Icelandic is tough
I can’t seem to
wrap my tongue
around the eth
and the thorn
although I can
utter ‘Ég tala
ekki íslensku’
meaning ‘I don’t
speak Icelandic’