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Metapoetics: Aphorisms, Thoughts and Maxims on Life, Art and Music [Hardcover]

Christopher Wintle
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14 Dec 2010
Among the ancients, instruction in drama and letters - poetics - mixed craft, precept and criticism quite freely; in our time, pedagogy, aesthetics and critical theory are usually kept firmly apart. This collection of 'aphorisms, thoughts and maxims' repairs something of the split by organizing the precepts that stand behind the making and reception of the arts into a unified 'metapoetics'. The book reflects on its own lapidary manner, investigates three representative theatres of life (power, love and death), and asserts our continuing need for the Gods and magic. It then moves from life into art, explores art, artists and the ethics of art, argues for the continuing relevance of notions of beauty, truth and genius, ponders style, and probes music, song and opera. Finally it returns to 'life' with thoughts on criticism and its practise. An appendix addresses other arts, notably film. The main text, which is both serious and witty, is illuminated throughout with examples from writings and culture of all periods. The book is richly illustrated with a set of mythic Beasts by the celebrated Anglo-Brazilian artist, Ana Maria Pacheco.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Plumbago Books (14 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956600700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956600707
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,559,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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(Reviewed together with 'Towards a Poetics of Music and the Arts') (T)hese two short books by the distinguished music critic Christopher Wintle (...) seek to revive criticism as a means of thought and not just as a source of judgements and information. (...) What is more, he writes too well to speak only to musicians. (...) We have the example of a thinker for whom all the arts belong together and shed light on each other, something rare in criticism since Goethe and Ruskin pursued their idea of art wherever it led them. CAMBRIDGE QUARTERLY

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wisdom and Wit 8 July 2011
By Kate Hopkins TOP 500 REVIEWER
There is much wisdom, wit, and thought-provoking material in this excellent collection of thoughts and aphorisms. Music, particularly opera, plays a major role, and there are also superb aphorisms and thoughts on film, literature, art, philosophy and life, including some very amusing sections on life and on the business world and employment. A book to read, re-read, and use as the inspiration for lots of other reading, and for lots of listening to music and theatre trips! The beautifully produced volume, a real bargain, also contains some superb illustrations by Brazilianm UK-resident artist Ana Maria Pacheco - proof that there's some much superior talent in the British art world today to Tracey Emin and her like! A treasure of a book.
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