Monday, 17 December 2007

Opening words

After reading just a couple of pages in Blanchot’s L’écriture du désastre, fragments on inattentiveness and one on forgiveness. [On page 89: "Pardonne-moi de te pardonner."] These offer me an escape of sorts. From what, if not from myself.

Commentary on myself, i.e. on my “thesis”:

Claiming that when Kant speaks of hypotyposes (yes, in plural: schematic and symbolical type of hypotyposis) he is not speaking of metaphor, I don’t think I was clear enough.

“Images in poetry”, this is approximately what Celan says, “are nothing visual.” Keineswegs Visuelles. Nothing visual, nothing visible. [Later, I add the exact phrase: "Bildhaftes, das ist keineswegs etwas Visuelles". I cite this on p. 206 of my Counter-figures.]

The dog is nothing visible. The schema of “dog” is even less visible, if possible, than the schema of triangle.

“The visible”, writes Merleau-Ponty, “is pregnant with the invisible”. This is precisely a comment on Heidegger’s argument against the concept of metaphor in Der Satz vom Grund.

This love of the “abstract” — it is a love for that which shall disappear. Mortality, terrestriality, temporality, and never the supra-lunar... Never? Perhaps never. Always perhaps, never for ever, never, perhaps.

Love for the ephemeral.

For words too, like flowers.

Watch their éclosion in the morning light.

2 comments:

Bryce said...

This is such an interesting blog that I didn't even know where to comment for the whole thing. Good thoughts and good analysis!

Since I know you love Finnish, I thought I'd share this site with you that has pages in all languages (including Finnish): Suomi wiki browser

Pajari Räsänen said...

Thank you, Bryce, for the first ever comment on my blog (previously I made comments on my own posts, but I changed them into the "P.S.", "P.P.S." and "P.P.P.S."'s you can see on some posts). I am more than glad to read that you like it.

The link you gave us seems dead, I'm afraid.