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on 15 January 2009
"This craft of verse" allows you to experience what Jorge Luis Borges' students felt like listening to him, during the lectures he delivered in Harvard in 1967 and 1968. Truth to be told, this opportunity is open to us only due to sheer luck, as the tapes of these lectures were lost for a long time, and have only recently been discovered.

The lectures included in these cds are "The Riddle of Poetry", "The Metaphor", "The Telling of the Tale", "Word-Music and Translation", "Thought and Poetry" and "A Poet's Creed". When you listen to them, you cannot help but appreciate the immense knowledge that Borges had. It is also easy to realize that he loved his craft, and was thankfully able to share that passion with his students, and -thanks to technology- with us.

According to Jorge Luis Borges, "Words are symbols for shared memories". By listening to Borges' lectures, you create a memory you previously didn't have, and, in a strange but very real way, share something with him. Highly recommended...

Belen Alcat
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on 3 September 2008
borges, now blind, late in life, speaks as precisely and beautifully as he writes, offering up the fruit of a lifetime of humane devotion to literature and language.
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on 2 April 2014
I bought this book especially for his essay on the metaphor, which is a great one. I recommend this book.
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on 22 April 2015
this is a gem. Brilliant intelligent with his gentle humour.-
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