If not nobody would live. Gertrude Stein, “Portraits and Repetition”. In ‘portraits and repetition,’ an essay in. Lectures in America, written for her American. Gertrude Stein Portraits and Repetition – Download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or view presentation slides online. GERTRUDE STEIN. Boston. Beacon Hill PORTRAITS AND REPETITION. POETRY truly there is a new way of making portraits of men and women and.

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Whatever you want to be doing or saying — or whether or not you have anything you want to do or say — you repeat.

The effect of the parenthetical word is to distance or interrupt whatever is going on in the line. She recognized that one cannot repeat in any strict sense, and that to live entails an engagement in a process of ongoing repetition with a difference. One may really indeed say that that is the essence of genius, of being most intensely alive, that is being one who is at the same time talking and listening. Stein does not say. Throughout the portrait Stein uses the phrase, “In this way,” by which she takes the entirety of the images previously given and rolls them through a new set of imagery.

Stein pushes the boundaries pkrtraits language to t heir limit by relating the book, in rather unintelligible ways, to such dissimilar objects as soap, ear rings, and a pillar.

So no true repetition has occurred, only emphasis and insistence, which are necessary to adequately convey all important details. The more real it becomes.

Barnes Colhard is less interesting to Stein because stekn is successful only in the changing circumstan ces of the exterior world. She repeats this exercise of insistence with the “if in as a mouth” lines and the “believe they have water” lines. It is not clear what is being described or what is going on.


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My own poetry is the same thing: Breakfast is always in change; it is never served the same twice. Unconcealmentthe Heideggerian word. In this essay, first presented as a lecture, Stein offers certain distinct properties that relate to the pr oduction of masterpieces. Feeling confused by it all?

Portraits and Repetition, an essay by Gertrude Stein from Lectures in America

The first narrator exists only in the external portraitts and can only describe the external activity through a chronological series. The narrative of Barnes Colhard comprises the first three paragraphs of “Ada”.

She uses these terms to distinguish between two fundamentally different forms of writing. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

Many of these experiments might h ave been failures, but each of them produced a wealth of data regarding the use of words. The ambiguity of the poem is best illustrated by the constant use of the interrogative “Why. The drops are literally concealed before they form as drops, they are not there at all to the person, to his sight, and then unconcealed when they appear as drops that can be seen as such, and named.

On ‘Portraits & Repetition’

Be the first one to write a review. Unlike “Objects” and “Food”, which have numerous sub-headings, “Rooms” consists of only one section, which seems to suggest that the section paints a single portrait.

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Toklas and Stein had been introduced in and were living together by In writing a portrait, she does not produce a work that merely describes or resembles the subject, or one that identifies the subject through relationships.

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They are all double-spaced, giving each line and each word that much more attention as such. A figure — which maybe is a person — is there, in the background rose in foreground? Compare this rendering of A da with the opening of “Portraits and Repetition”: The symbolist poets, poets such as Stephane Mallarme and Ferdinand de Saussure, turned to anti-representational language around the turn of the century.

A single “slice” of a particular breakfast element creates a whole new breakfast. She claims to have learned the difference between repetition and insistence, or emphasiswhen living gertrhde her many aunts, who often said the same things but always in a different way each time.

The words of the couplets appear in their published form in Courier font which repetitin like typewriter fontmaking the words appear oddly old-fashioned or anyway informal and handcrafted in a removed sort of way. The words are not divorced from meaning, but their meaning is not dependent upon previous relationships the reader may have had with the words.