Academic journal article Parnassus : Poetry in Review

A Throw of the Dice Will Never Abolish Chance

Academic journal article Parnassus : Poetry in Review

A Throw of the Dice Will Never Abolish Chance

Article excerpt

POEM

A throw of the Dice will never abolish Chance

PREFACE (1897)

I WOULD PREFER this Note to remain unread or, if glanced at, that it even be forgotten; it offers little beyond the able Reader's own penetration: but how it will perplex the unsophisticated, having to grasp the Poem's first words so that those following, arranged as they are, carry him to the last, the whole without any novelty except for a displacement of the text. In fact, the `white spaces' seem more important, immediately striking; ordinarily, verse form required them, as a surrounding silence, to the extent that a passage, a lyrical segment or a few feet, occupies about the middle third of the page; I do not violate this measure, I only distribute it. The surface of the page interposes each time an image, in itself, ends or resumes, accepting the succession of others and, because it is not, as always, a question of regular rhythmic units or lines of verse, but rather of prismatic subdivisions of the Idea, in the instant of perception and during their conjunction in some precise spiritual setting, it is at variable positions, near or far from the latent conducting line that, for the sake ofsuch authenticity, the text is laid out. The literary advantage, ifI may call it that, of this imitative distancing which mentally divides words or groups of words from each other, seems at times to accelerate and then to break the movement, stressing it, even suggesting it in terms ofa simultaneous vision of the Page: the unit here whereas Verse or the perfect line is elsewhere. Narrative elements will surface and quickly disperse, with the writing's mobility, among the fragmented pauses of the thematic statement which the title introduces and prolongs. All this is abbreviated, in the hypothetical, narration is avoided. Further, this naked use of thought, with its hesitations, its extensions, its evasions, even its design, forms, for those who read aloud, a score. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.