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Pattern poetry--poetry from before 1900 that fuses literature and visual art--has existed since the times of ancient Crete and Egypt. Less well known than modern visual poetry, pattern poetry has been produced in most European and American literatures, and, as close analogues, in many oriental literatures. This book tells the history of pattern poetry, documenting and class Pattern poetry--poetry from before 1900 that fuses literature and visual art--has existed since the times of ancient Crete and Egypt. Less well known than modern visual poetry, pattern poetry has been produced in most European and American literatures, and, as close analogues, in many oriental literatures. This book tells the history of pattern poetry, documenting and classifying more than 2,000 works. Illustrations of each major genre of pattern poem are included. The book also explores related forms, such as graphic music notations, shaped prose, sound poetry, and poetic labyrinths, to name a few. A glossary, essays by two world authorities on the oriental analogues to the pattern poem, and the first full bibliography on pattern poetry complete the work. With this book, Dick Higgins has provided an indispensable tool for opening up the area of pattern poetry to the scholar and the lay reader alike, bringing order to what has been an obscure and confusing area, and delighting the eye and mind by casting light on these forgotten treasures.


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Pattern poetry--poetry from before 1900 that fuses literature and visual art--has existed since the times of ancient Crete and Egypt. Less well known than modern visual poetry, pattern poetry has been produced in most European and American literatures, and, as close analogues, in many oriental literatures. This book tells the history of pattern poetry, documenting and class Pattern poetry--poetry from before 1900 that fuses literature and visual art--has existed since the times of ancient Crete and Egypt. Less well known than modern visual poetry, pattern poetry has been produced in most European and American literatures, and, as close analogues, in many oriental literatures. This book tells the history of pattern poetry, documenting and classifying more than 2,000 works. Illustrations of each major genre of pattern poem are included. The book also explores related forms, such as graphic music notations, shaped prose, sound poetry, and poetic labyrinths, to name a few. A glossary, essays by two world authorities on the oriental analogues to the pattern poem, and the first full bibliography on pattern poetry complete the work. With this book, Dick Higgins has provided an indispensable tool for opening up the area of pattern poetry to the scholar and the lay reader alike, bringing order to what has been an obscure and confusing area, and delighting the eye and mind by casting light on these forgotten treasures.

41 review for Pattern Poetry: Guide to an Unknown Literature

  1. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    An exhaustive list of pattern poems, defined here as any poetry that also exists as a visual image. These are informed by Higgins' notion of 'intermedia', therefore pattern poems need to straddle the intermedium between literature and visual art to count as a pattern poem. More precisely, the term 'visual poetry' should be used here since it encapsulates pattern poetry and later concrete poetry. Higgins claims to have written nearly 12,000 letters to experts around the world seeking out pattern An exhaustive list of pattern poems, defined here as any poetry that also exists as a visual image. These are informed by Higgins' notion of 'intermedia', therefore pattern poems need to straddle the intermedium between literature and visual art to count as a pattern poem. More precisely, the term 'visual poetry' should be used here since it encapsulates pattern poetry and later concrete poetry. Higgins claims to have written nearly 12,000 letters to experts around the world seeking out pattern poems, so I have no doubt this is the authoritative book on the subject. There is a subset of this work that is more fascinating and not fully defined by Higgins I don't think. Pattern poems that formally and conceptually MUST exist in its pattern form are far more rare and far more curious. Much of the pattern poetry in this book is simply put into its pattern arbitrarily, so one wonders why it's necessarily worthy of special consideration. Does reading George Herbert's "Easter Wings" in its original form add a special meaning not available if written in some serialized way? Perhaps. The famous Sator Square exists as a special exemption to this. I also noticed that every visual poem here only exists on a Cartesian plane. I would have enjoyed a discussion of the material nature of the page or screen. Do no lapidary poems turn a corner on a stone block and exist on the Z-axis as well?

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