Roget's Illusion



[BOOKS] ✪ Roget's Illusion By Linda Bierds – E17streets4all.co.uk He is best known for hisThesaurus of English Words and Phrases, but among filmmakers Roget is better known for his explanation of the optical illusion that still bedevils them Why does a wheel moving He is best known for hisThesaurus of English Words and Phrases, but among filmmakers Roget is better known for his explanation of the optical illusion that still bedevils them Why does a wheel moving forward always seem on film to be running backward For Linda Bierds, the illusion also refers to our relationship to language, to our belief that words hold something than their definitions Why do we strive to articulate the world even as we know this is a shifting and illusory pursuit Why do we continue to seek perfection, pursue beauty, yearn for immortality Roget s Illusion offers no answer It simply shows the striving.Roget's Illusion

Linda Louise Bierds born Delaware is an American poet and professor of English and creative writing at the University of Washington, where she also received her BA in Her books include Flights of the Harvest Mare The Stillness, the Dancing Heart and Perimeter and The Ghost Trio Henry Holt Since , her work has appeared regularly in The New Yorker Her poems are featured in American Alphabets Contemporary Poets and many other anthologies She lives on Bainbridge IslandAwardsShe has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the Artist Trust Foundation of Washington and the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation In , she was awarded a John D and Catherine T MacArthur Fellowship genius grant.

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  • Hardcover
  • 112 pages
  • Roget's Illusion
  • Linda Bierds
  • English
  • 14 October 2018
  • 0399165460

10 thoughts on “Roget's Illusion

  1. says:

    Longlisted for the National Book Award, and written by the author of The Profile Makers and a MacArthur genius award winner, who visited my campus recently to read her work and do conferences and a workshop with our poets That occasion led me to read this book, though I had already bookmarked it to read because I had very much liked The Profile Makers, which I learned was ekphrastic poetry, or poetry about art or, using one form of art to try to try to explain another form of art The Pro Longlisted for the National Book Award, and written by the author of The Profile Makers and a MacArthur genius award winner, who visited my campus recently to read her work and do conferences and a workshop with our poets That occasion led me to read this book, though I had already bookmarked it to read because I had very much liked The Profile Makers, which I learned was ekphrastic poetry, or poetry about art or, using one form of art to try to try to explain another form of art The Profile Makers was about photography Other examples William Carlos Williams wrote his poem Landscape with the Fall of Icarus about Brueghel s painting, The Fall of Icarus, and W.H Auden also wrote Musee Des Beaux Arts about that painting Roget s Illusion also has a lot of ekphrastic poetry, but there is a wider scope here that includes ekphrasis Roget s Illusion is about the relationship between naturalistic or scientific inquiry and linguistic inquiry It s what is sometimes called academic poetry, the domain of university creative writing programs, dense lyric poetry, but I found it and her, through her reading of it , passionate, engaged and fascinating It s about inquiry, about curiosity, about the human capacity for always wanted to know how things work, for explanation.Roget is of course best known about writers and readers for his 1852 Thesaurus, his inquiry into words, language But scientists know him for his scientific inquiry into a common phenomenon how spinning spoked wheels would appear to move backwards Why is that So Bierds writes about Roget writing about that, and about that phenomenon, too, but she is reallyabout the impulse to inquiry itself, which of course also happens in poetry So Roget is a good guy for exploring the intersection of science and language And Bierds loves science, and art, and poetry, as inquiry into the world And at the heart of this enterprise is not the answers, but the striving for them, that impulse to know that like Icarus, always falls somewhat short of its divine goal but is admirable in its own right Poems in this collection explore, in addition to Roget, the art of Durer, the Font de Gaume Cave Paintings, Nicolaas Tulp, Pietro Longhi, Walter Sickert, and the writing of Virginia Woolf, but also of scientists Michael Faraday who contributed to our understanding of electromagnetism and electrochemistry , George Steller a botanist , Pasteur, and Darwin It s dense, thoughtful work about the relationships between science, art, and language And music Her last poem is about, in part, Wagner s Tristan But remember this is finally about poetry, Bierd s careful way through language to try her own inquiry to understand and communicate with us her understandings of these other forms of inquiry, and their often intricate interrelationships She quotes, for her last poem, Virginia Woolf I am imagining how it would be if we could infuse souls Seems like she mostly accomplishes this Dense, academic, sure, but it s finally about things beyond what we can truly say, all this inquiry, seems like After all the erudite rendering, it seems like Roget s Illusion is about mystery

  2. says:

    I d selected this poetry collection on a whim, and found myself delighted with the line precision and Bierds exquisite use of historical research Part One and Part Two were, by far, most appealing The third, while dense, approached too close the present and took away from the pure essence of Durer and his science All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable collection.

  3. says:

    These poems left me cold and disappointed Linda Bierds words are detailed and thoughtfully crafted, but also somehow self conscious, clinical, and rigid A few turns of phrase here and there pulled me in, but mostly I felt like a fidgety, bored child listening to a lecture.

  4. says:

    I confess I neither understood nor related to most of the poems in this book.

  5. says:

    Tooacademic for my taste Didn t draw me in emotionally.

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