While Kipling is still totally famous today, man—he reached J.
Late in life, he described his early efforts as a writer: I made my own experiments in the weights, colours, perfumes, and attributes of words in relation to other words, either as read aloud so that they may hold the ear, or, scattered over the page, draw the eye.
There is no line in my verse or prose which has not been mouthed till the tongue has made all smooth, and memory, after many recitals, has mechanically skipped the grosser superfluities.
Here the emphasis is clearly on the acoustic element in his work, although he acknowledges the importance of visual and other sensory elements.
His is an excellent example of writing that poses problems for readers in our century because, according to Walter Ong, literary criticism ignores auditory, olfactory, gustatory and tactile imagination and imageries.
When your Daemon is in charge, do not try to think consciously. To whom was he listening? Another hypothesis claims that it is small groups of orally bonded individuals who create all literature.
Writers must listen and speak before they write. Until populations became too large, you simply asked an author or his acquaintances what he meant if his poem puzzled you. The coffeehouse or salon provided appropriate settings. Literary works existed within an oral network that obviated explication.
When the network broke down, as it did at first between dominant critics and Wordsworth or Kipling or Faulkner, wild allegations began to fly; but the normal fabric of communication ordinarily restored itself and conversation resumed.
Isolated writers such as Emily Dickinson or Kafka, who worked somewhat outside the network, remained enigmatic until critics brought them inside. In our century, local networks continue to function for example, the Inklings at Oxford, the Black Mountain poets, the New York Review of Books coteriebut there is no general network, hence every author requires a biographer and dozens of academic explicators.
This situation gives credence to the alternative hypothesis that books are made not from living language but from reading or misreading other books, which seems unsatisfactory when applied to Kipling, although he read widely all his life.
He amplified this by explaining that neither he nor Haggard actually wrote anything.
He became a rhapsode, as Plato would have it, disclosing messages to the souls of those who can hear rightly and respond beneficially. At the very end of his life, when he revised his work for the definitive Sussex and Burwash editions, the only significant change he made in the text of Kim was italicizing key words, evidently to guide the voice of his reader toward correct rhythms, accents, and intonations.
Perhaps this helps explain the violent reactions of readers to Kipling from the first. His books talk in ways that force us to answer, and we try to reduce the stress of invading language by talking back—by humming along or humming against. How is it that a writer so expert with typographic conventions manages to neutralize them, to elicit continually an aural as well as a visual response?
Already inBarry Pain wrote a parody of Kipling that included the observation that when we speak. But when we write we only put a comma.
The author of Plain Tales from the Hills saw this, and acted on the principle.
He punctuated his writing as he did his speaking; and used more full stops than any man before him. None since the Elizabethans has written so copiously. Richard Bridgman examined the rise of colloquialism in American literature, tracing the slow and clumsy process by which authors discovered how to convey dialect and direct speech in a convincing way.
He does not ask the obvious question: The entire section is 3, words.A nice introduction by Susan Cooper and the text is well formatted, and seems very clean - it even has the correct u with macron character. There don't seem to be any extras except for the introduction - no annotations, no illustrations.
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