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Music Lessons: Newcastle / Bloodaxe Poetry Lectures [Paperback]

Fiona Sampson
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30 Jun 2011 Newcastle/Bloodaxe Poetry (Book 10)
In this innovative series of public lectures at Newcastle University, leading contemporary poets speak about the craft and practice of poetry to audiences drawn from both the city and the university. The lectures are then published in book form by Bloodaxe, giving readers everywhere the opportunity to learn what the poets themselves think about their own subject. It's almost a cliche that music and poetry are cousins, and that the term lyric names this cousinship. Yet the actual forms music takes within poetry are unclear, even contested. At the same time, our assumptions about these forms condition the ways we hear poetry. So it's useful to us as both readers and writers to discover where the analogies between music and poetry are. Fiona Sampson's Music Lessons outlines some of these, using ideas and examples from Martin Heidegger to J.S. Bach, Emily Dickinson to Leonard Cohen, and George Herbert to Julia Kristeva. Her first lecture, Point Counter-point, uses melody to suggest a link between poetic line, phrase and breath. Here is my space explores how pureA", abstract forms can be created in time in the same way that they are created in space. Finally, How strange the change looks at sensuous apprehension and the pleasure principle.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd (30 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852249099
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852249090
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.7 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 299,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fiona Sampson was first a concert violinist, then studied at the Universities of Oxford, where she won the Newdigate Prize, and Nijmegen, where she received a PhD in the philosophy of language. This research arose from her pioneering residencies in health care. Her latest of seventeen books is Rough Music, shortlisted for the 2010 Forward and T.S. Eliot Prizes. In 2009 she received a Cholmondeley Award and became an FRSL. She is editor of Poetry Review.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Janus face of poetry and music 6 Aug 2011
This is a difficult book because it combines two different ways of talking and hearing around, poetry versus music. The author has expertise in both fields and the reader should have access, for instance, to youtube to get the piece of music she mentions and figure out the intended meaning in several paragraphs. Lecture 1 highlights that breathing sets the stage in the wording of phrases that become verses and generate a poem that may be enjoyed as a melody. Lecture 2 illustrates that the page is the space where the poem grows and becomes the monument where the reader a) may get lost when trying to find out what is the right way to exit or b) may field at home and spend several hours looking around because this is the right place to stay and enjoy. The third lecture establishes a nexus between a)color and chromaticism in music, b) sound and hearing in poetry. Too many names and poems are mentioned and so readers must find their way in anthologies. Only a few verses or stanzas are commented to illustrate what the author has in mind when she argues walking around early in the morning with a flashlight. Each note sounds clear in the piano and a little bit confusing often in the violin. I share her view on the nexus between poetry, hearing, breathing and music. The critical point is that I know a lot of poets who are hard of hearing, too many with earphones, techno-sound at home or in disco-pubs. There are still a few who have very sharp hearing, but they are monks or hermits. Rarely they read their poems in public and one of them is mentioned in this book, he is an American laurate poet, he lives in the paradise, a farm in Hawaii. Please, try to identify him and have a look to his poems.
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