The term “lightness” with regards to philosophy and literature was not always a postmodern concept as Italo Calvino defines it. Lightness on. In , Italo Calvino was invited to give the following year’s Charles (This is the subject of the first lecture, “Lightness”; the other titles are. Lightness: Italo Calvino’s hope for the future of literature. A guest post by Gio Clairval July 30, Gio Clairval is an Italian-born refugee who lives in Paris and.

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No less concrete and dramatic is the landscape of hell under a rain of fire, which he illustrates by the simile of the snow.

I confess that I am tempted to construct my own Shakespeare, a Lucretian atomist, but I realize that this would be arbitrary. I will start with the last point.

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It is this anthropological device that literature perpetuates. I leave it to you to find other examples of this sort. As Calvino identified twenty-five years ago, something that is exponentially truer today, we live in an unending rainfall of images whereby the most powerful media transform the world into images, and we in turn multiply them by means of a phantasmagorical play of mirrors.

I rise from the earth, I blossom forth, I stretch out my arms to you, I offer you my children as seed; and as a reward for my courtesy you have my head cut off! Writing laden with minutiae ages quickly and is easily forgotten.

Success can come from quick flashes of inspiration, but as a rule the finished product involves a patient aclvino for the sentence in which every word is unalterable, the most effective marriage of sounds and concepts. The same goes for writing: When I began thinking about these lectures, I wanted to devote one whole talk to the moon, to trace its apparitions in the literatures of many times and places.

Six Memos for the Next Millennium review – Italo Calvino’s Harvard lectures

And often it all starts with a single spark, a solitary image that for some reason is charged with meaning. These boats are ordinary. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. In both the snow on windless days suggests a light, silent movement.

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I could not illustrate this notion better than by using a story from the Decameron VI. We might say that the magic object is an outward and visible sign that reveals the connection between people or between events. Do not dismiss the scope and speed inherent in all things written: Each one is of a particular size and shape; some are new and some old. To forget this, to not make time an ally, is to relinquish a weapon from a limited armoury. Airships pulled upward by light gasses.

Trackbacks […] finally on Twitter. In Shakespeare I look immediately for the point at which Mercutio arrives on the scene I. Being exact is as much foundation as it is revision.

O gentle, gracious moon, I remember now, it must be a year ago, on this same hill I came to see you; I was full of sorrow. But I know that any interpretation impoverishes the myth and suffocates it.

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When evening comes you rise and go contemplating wastelands; then you set. Calvini most adept writer can depict one second or a thousand years with the same allure.

From what I have said so far, I think the concept of lightness is beginning to take shape. In the lowest gallery I beheld some people fishing with long angling rods, and others looking on.

Persesus rides the wind then uses the mirror to view his situation. I tried to find some harmony between the adventurous, picaresque inner rhythm that prompted me to write and the frantic spectacle of the world, sometimes dramatic and sometimes grotesque.

And it can be done so that it is universal. Wikipedia articles with style issues from September All articles with style issues Articles lightmess may contain original research from September All articles that may contain original research. The bucket is so light that it flies off with its rider until it disappears beyond the Ice Mountains. For other uses, see Lightness disambiguation.


European Christian philosophy Scholasticism Thomism Renaissance humanism. Little wonder if, within an infinite quantity of matter that ceaselessly changes and stirs, the few animals, vegetables, and minerals we see should happen to be made; no more wonder than getting a royal pair in a hundred casts of the dice.

It is probably not pushing things too far to connect the functions of shamanism and witchcraft documented in ethnology and folklore with the catalogue of images contained in literature. Therefore, the writer must seek out aclvino.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. No, I will not travel such roads as these, for they would carry me too far from the use of words as I understand it—that is, words as a perpetual pursuit of things, as a perpetual adjustment to their infinite variety. Does Calvino mean to imply that specific use of language can lead to a sense of lightness? Lightess the boundless universe of literature there are always new avenues to be explored, both very recent and very ancient, styles and forms that can change our image of the world.

Margaret Atwood said that good writers work as if one hand is writing and the other hand is following with an eraser, as if no one will ever read the words.

Whenever humanity seems condemned to heaviness, I think I should fly like Perseus into a different space. Like a system of poetry — a system that could be deemed artificial and mechanical — rules can produce inexhaustible freedom and wealth of invention.