Music and Listening
Don’t miss John Latta’s musings on sound in poetry. Example: He lifts this Roman Jakobson quote from The Sound of Poetry / The Poetry of Sound: “Poetry is not the only area where sound symbolism makes itself felt, but it is a province where the internal nexus between sound and meaning changes from latent into patent and manifests itself most palpably and intensely.” One could walk around inside that idea for days. Is it not more or less the Structuralist model? And didn’t Thoreau suggest it? Viz.: “Music is continuous; only listening is intermittent.” (I can’t find the original source. Apocryphal?) Anyway, I like both quotes and wonder if the “nexus” Jakobson refers to isn’t out in the world as well, as Thoreau suggests….