The Sound of Poetry / The Poetry of Sound by Marjorie PerloffThe Sound of Poetry / The Poetry of Sound by Marjorie Perloff

The Sound of Poetry / The Poetry of Sound

EditorMarjorie Perloff, Craig Dworkin

Paperback | November 1, 2009

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Sound—one of the central elements of poetry—finds itself all but ignored in the current discourse on lyric forms. The essays collected here by Marjorie Perloff and Craig Dworkinbreak that critical silence to readdress some of thefundamental connections between poetry and sound—connections that go far beyond traditional metrical studies.

Ranging from medieval Latin lyrics to a cyborg opera, sixteenth-century France to twentieth-century Brazil, romantic ballads to the contemporary avant-garde, the contributors to The Sound of Poetry/The Poetry of Sound explore such subjects as the translatability of lyric sound, the historical and cultural roles of rhyme,the role of sound repetition in novelistic prose, theconnections between “sound poetry” and music, between the visual and the auditory, the role of the body in performance, and the impact of recording technologies on the lyric voice. Along the way, the essaystake on the “ensemble discords” of Maurice Scève’s Délie, Ezra Pound’s use of “Chinese whispers,” the alchemical theology of Hugo Ball’s Dada performances, Jean Cocteau’s modernist radiophonics, and an intercultural account of the poetry reading as a kind of dubbing.

A genuinely comparatist study, The Sound of Poetry/The Poetry of Sound is designed to challenge current preconceptions about what Susan Howe has called “articulations of sound forms in time” as they have transformed the expanded poetic field of the twenty-first century.

Marjorie Perloff is professor of English emerita at Stanford University and author of many books, including Wittgenstein’s Ladder and The Futurist Moment, both also from the University of Chicago Press. Craig Dworkinis associate professor of English at the University of Utah and the author of, most recently, Language to Cover a Page: T...
Title:The Sound of Poetry / The Poetry of SoundFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:November 1, 2009Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0226657434

ISBN - 13:9780226657431


Table of Contents


Introduction: The Sound of Poetry / The Poetry of Sound

            Marjorie Perloff and Craig Dworkin

Prelude: Poetry and OralityJacques Roubaud

             (Translated by Jean-Jacques Poucel)

PART I Translating Sound

Rhyme and FreedomSusan Stewart

In the Beginning Was TranslationLeevi Lehto

Chinese WhispersYunte Huang

            Translating the Sound in Poetry: Six Propositions

            Rosmarie Waldrop

“Ensemble discords”: Translating the Music of

Maurice Scève’s DélieRichard Sieburth

            The Poetry of Prose, the Unyielding of Sound

            Gordana P. Crnković

Part II Performing Sound

Sound Poetry and the Musical Avant-Garde:

A Musicologist’s PerspectiveNancy Perloff0

            Cacophony, Abstraction, and Potentiality:

The Fate of the Dada Sound PoemSteve McCaffery0

When Cyborgs VersifyChristian Bök

Hearing VoicesCharles Bernstein

Impossible Reversibilities: Jackson Mac LowHélène Aji

The Stutter of FormCraig Dworkin

The Art of Being NonsynchronousYoko Tawada

(Translated by Susan Bernofsky)

Part III Sounding the Visual          

Writing Articulation of Sound Forms in TimeSusan Howe

Jean Cocteau’s Radio PoetryRubén Gallo

Sound as Subject: Augusto de Campos’s Poetamenos

Antonio Sergio Bessa

Not SoundJohanna Drucker

The Sound Shape of the Visual: Toward a Phenomenology

of an InterfaceMing-Qian Ma

Visual Experiment and Oral PerformanceBrian M. Reed

Postlude: I Love SpeechKenneth Goldsmith

List of Contributors