If not nobody would live. Gertrude Stein, “Portraits and Repetition”. In ‘portraits and repetition,’ an essay in. Lectures in America, written for her American. Gertrude Stein Portraits and Repetition – Download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or view presentation slides online. GERTRUDE STEIN. Boston. Beacon Hill PORTRAITS AND REPETITION. POETRY truly there is a new way of making portraits of men and women and.

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Both writers use the term “concentration” to describe the production of the literary work. In response, poets began to search for new uses of l anguage. Feeling confused by it all? Stein divides her first set of non-human portraits, Tender Buttonsinto portraits of objects, food, and rooms. She uses these terms to distinguish between two fundamentally different forms of writing. They come out of the long habit of having seen, heard, felt, these same things in a former time that rhymes with this time, as echo.

Wind gertfude, ocean in the distance. If not nobody would live. The chapter opens with, “Act so that there is no use in a center. gertruxe

Stein continues to push boundaries as the subjects of her portraits shift from persons to syein in Tender Buttons. Indeed, th e language functions outside of any relationship as a “thing-in-itself.

On ‘Portraits & Repetition’

This is what William James calls the Will to Live. And yet, the two writers agree that the poet must lose all sense of himself in the production of the poetry, what Eliot calls the “process of depersonalization. Unconcealmentthe Heideggerian word. Stein does not publish “Portraits and Repetition” or “What Are Master-pieces and Why Are There So Few of Them” to identify her own works as masterpieces; she seeks only to emphasize her own commitment to the pursuit of genius a nd an understanding of the necessary conditions for genius.


To Stein this historical sense would negate the creation of a work of genius.

The word “sweet” is issued ten xnd in th e first five lines. Book titles OR Journal titles. But listening is problematic because it easily leads to remembering and describing.

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Being breakfast, on the other hand, might involve being a great number of things, from a piece of fish to a centerpiece. Writing that is both more and less than communication. The key concern behind this interest is that of “repetition. In this essay, first ahd as a etein, Stein offers certain distinct properties that relate to the pr oduction of masterpieces.

Instead, Stein portrays the interior activity of the man. To claim that Stein’s writing is tied to subjects in the world puts into question the long line of criticism that understands her work to be hermetic, a-historical, and alienated from issues of the body. The opening paragraph offers two characters with differing perspectives, the Irish lady who says that “to-day is every day,” and Caesar who say s that “every day gertryde to-day. Ada needs to be always listening and talking to endure through life.

Portraits and Repetition, an essay by Gertrude Stein from Lectures in America

Give a listen here and sstein will all become clear, or not, as that seems in perfect keeping with the spirit of the essay. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.

One cannot escape societal norms; however, “strict obedience” to those norms is impossible because, as human beings with individual particularities who are affected by environmental stimuli, we will necessarily repeat with a difference Because this is what emerges when you repeat this way, with this kind of relentless devotion. Did one see sound, and what was the relation between color and sound, did it make itself by description by a word that meant it or did it make itself by a word in itself.

There is punctuation, but none of the couplets ends with period. But and I kept wondering as I talked and listened all at once, I wondered is there any way of making what I know portrsits out as I know it, come out not as remembering.


Inside we were before this outside? Stein is testing the “s” sound against the “t” sound. This is because the overall effect of this almost obsessively precise poem is one of indeterminacy. portraitz

But Stein claims that repetition can be no part of the production of a portrait. In The Geographical History of America or the Relation of Human Nature to the Human Mind she identifies writing as “romance”—the play between the reader’s ability to read to apply habits of communicative systems and the reader’s inability to read to think without a dependency on referential memory in the passing moment. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: At seventeen she had not yet made the connection between this idea and her concept of writing; 2 however, as she narrates in “Portraits and Repetition,” the awareness played a crucial role in her developing conviction that writing alive and present to reality, not a copy or representation, functions through a continual repetition with a difference or what she calls “insistence” 2: The first time she had a sense of James’s idea that repetition is impossible in any exacting manner was as an adolescent when she moved from California to live with “a whole group of very lively little aunts” in Baltimore.

Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. The sea in the distance and close up, swimming in the waves. Stein became a sort of physician for language. It, rather than you, carries the process along.

Stones on a windowsill.