The Complete Perfectionist: A Poetics of Work

The Complete Perfectionist: A Poetics of Work

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Overview

Few have written more memorably about the work of poetry and the poetics of work than Juan Ramón Jiménez, winner of a Nobel Prize and discerning teacher of an entire generation of Spanish poets. In this series of aphorisms, Jiménez brings together the elements of perfect work, both in writing and in other realms. Among these elements—the wellsprings of any kind of creation—are instinct and inspiration, memory and forgetting, silence and noise, love and regret.


A treasure for poets and writers, The Complete Perfectionist includes helpful commentary by noted translator Christopher Maurer and shows perfection as a process of “becoming” rather than an end product. In these insightful pages, a poet haunted by perfection reveals his methods of writing and revision, and measures the social and ethical dimensions of el trabajo gustoso, or pleasurable work. This revised and expanded edition includes many aphorisms recently published in Spanish and not previously included.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983322009
Publisher: Swan Isle Press
Publication date: 01/15/2012
Edition description: New edition, and Enlarged
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Juan Ramón Jiménez (1881–1958) was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1956. Christopher Maurer is professor of Spanish at Boston University and the author of numerous books on Spanish poetry.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Self
Rhythm
Silence
The Present
Memory
Ideals
Nature
Instinct
Dream
Death
Writing
Revision
Perfection

Afterword
Sources and Acknowledgements

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