Passages of Valéry – from prose to verse; from speech to song; from walking to dancing

Paul Valéry plays :

The passage from prose to verse; from speech to song; from walking to dancing.
Le passage de la prose au vers; de la parole au chant; de la marche à la danse.

He found a structure, this “passage”. What is it, an elevation? Probably, right?

He notices something :

The purpose of dance is not to transport me from here to there.

The person who organizes or triggers the passage from 1 to 2 has obviously a will. A will for?

Speech tells details about things, it parcels out things, it labels things. A song adds a freedom-movement, brings other reasons for words, and make them mobile. As does poetry.

Dancing, poems, songs : all are rushing to feed a fire. What fire?

Let’s come back to the passage :

from prose to verse; from speech to song; from walking to dancing

It’s a tool. From A to B, bringing this, quitting that.

Where could we apply it? To other universes? Teaching? Photography?

What about meta? What would be the passage from prose to verse to (up again)?

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Thoughts & Quotes about Rilke and patience

There’s a very well known quote from Rilke :

“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.”

…from the Letters to a young poet.

In fact, when he was around 30; Rilke wrote a few letters to a young man who had asked him advices about poetry. Rilke’s answer is splendid :

“Nobody can advise you and help you, nobody. There is only one way. Go into yourself.”

 

But at this time he was also writing letters to Lou Andreas-Salomé, who was… 14 years older than him. I read their letters, they are amazing : two high-range brains talking about subtleties of life…

In 1903 he wrote :

“Patience contains everything: humility, strength and moderation.”

 

Patience, at this time, seemed to be an obsession to him.

How do we hear this today?

  1. Do we hear that negatively, patience as inertia disguised in virtues? Should we be patient instead of enter a resistance?
  2. Do we hear that positively, patience as hope? Humility, strength and moderation… Is it linked to indecision “as a decision”?

Savoir Attendre – Know How to Wait

 

How do you hear it?

Why do I think about Saint-Exupéry?

Les vaincus doivent se taire, comme les graines

The vanquished must stay silent, like the seeds…

 

Thanks for reading!

 

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When the pleasure is in the comparison

ONE

I just watched Seven Samurai (Japan, black & white, 1954), then The Magnificent Seven (1960).

It’s a big pleasure watching both, but each time it’s very different. Kurosawa’s movie looks very odd, because of the culture, the language and the well known Japanese actors’ intensity. The US one is much more easy and comfortable, with stars (Steve McQueen, Yul Brynner…).

But there’s a “side-pleasure” : you compare. The stories the paces, the ends, the bad guys, the fights…

TWO

Traveling! Tourists have many ways of being tourists : in a group, alone, moving around and visiting, or staying in one city (choose Paris, OK?) and walk “going whichever way the wind blows” (we say “le nez au vent” – nose in the wind).

It’s beautiful or not, deceiving or marvelous, you take pictures or you chat with your spouse. But you have to admit :

The pleasure, again, is in the comparisons game.

THREE

There’s a game I love : learning another language. It’s absolutely full of delights. Culturally. Translating. Discovering idioms. Trying to find out where translated words don’t really fit, match the other language. Finding similar words… or traitors (a library (bibliothèque) is NOT a librairie (bookstore) in France…).

It is, constantly, a game of comparisons.

FOUR

I strongly think that a big part of our inner life is linked to the world with the concept of Analogy. We endlessly get informations with our senses (about places, culture, and people, everything we meet) and then we braincompute them with what-we-already-know with analogy.

Then, we compare. Then, we decide.

This decision can be : run away, explore, smile, talk, anything.

OUTRO

Where else does it happen to you? Where could you trigger a “game of comparisons”? How is it an enrichment? Where is the effort? What about memories? Analogy with them?

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What moves forward continuously/by stages

What moves forward continuously or by stages : a structure to watch for a moment.

  • Does it move continuously or by stages all the time, continually?
  • Do we find interruptions in the movement?
  • Or plateaux?
  • What about crescendoes & decrescendoes?
  • What about accelerations in the movement? What types?
  • Are stages announced by a sign?
  • Do we have to prepare for each?
  • Is the movement propelled, or does the movement energy comes from the inside?
  • Is the movement linked with a blossom, a sheaf? Division?
  • What about a combination of movements, like moving forward AND climbing?
  • What about competition between two movements, side by side?
  • Are stages just a growing, or a change of nature?

 

Where do we follow this? Music structures? Growing of plants, or animals? Geology? Revolutions, or other social movements? Love or lost of love? What kind of becomings do we find? Adulthood?

Thanks for reading!

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Complicated Enemies

In an interview of Jason Reitman, movie director, I read :

“I love when things become complicated. I have the impression that it’s in these moments that we’re alive the most”.

That’s understandable for a guy who write movies, right?

If things become complicated, it can become fun… until you’re too stressed, right?

But as you have a strong personality, complicated is good. Can be. Why?

  1. Because you have to think.
  2. Because it disturbs you.
  3. Because you have to wait and watch.
  4. Because you have to be clever.
  5. Because you have to focus.
  6. Because you have to prepare.
  7. Because you have to foresee.
  8. Because it increases possibilities.
  9. Because you like to fight.
  10. And what else?

 

One good example of things becoming complicated is when appears a close enemy.

The far enemy is another thing. Sometimes we even invent an enemy – it’s a good energy to use where you are.

 

What do you do in front of a close enemy (at work, in family, in a team, wherever). What’s your weapon? Smile? Diplomacy? Hierarchy? Mediator? Open battle? Lures and cunnings?

Whatever. It’s a good conversation subject.

  1. Because you have to think.
  2. Because it disturbs you.
  3. Because you have to wait and watch.
  4. Because you have to be clever.
  5. Because you have to focus.
  6. Because you have to prepare.
  7. Because you have to foresee.
  8. Because it increases possibilities.
  9. Because you like to fight.
  10. And what else?

 

See?

“I love when things become complicated. I have the impression that it’s in these moments that we’re alive the most”.

Thanks for reading!

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Coming back, enriched

This is not much of an article, but you know me : when I have a pattern in mind, a little tool or the piece of a map, I have to write about it.

My pattern here is about someone who comes back, enriched.

Enriched with experience, of course…

  1. You have a restaurant and your cook partner goes to France for a YEAR. He learned things, because when he comes back he’s different. He knows more things. He shows you. He has different ways…
  2. You lover quits you, it’s a real break-up. She met someone else… But it doesn’t really work, thus she’s back in your arms… with new caresses and techniques. You notice. Does she notice you noticed?
  3. A midwife quits your country to improve her skills in… India. What happens when she’s back?
  4. You’re a painting teacher, and you… etc…
  5. A son comes back home after he…
  6. In a company, a manager comes back with team after a month with the CEO…

See my pattern? You can draw overthinking mind-maps about this :

  • Do you have to go away to “come back”, of can you do it innerly? You’d have “enriched” by your researches, and “enriched” by the fact of being elsewhere…
  • Is it dangerous and where is it?
  • What about the noticement? You are suddenly and mysteriously enriched therefore others know something happened… somewhere else.
  • Can enrichment be disguised, hidden into a false impoverishment?
  • What is “resistance to change”, here, for both parts?
  • The change is always happening because we grow up, so is this article about a disruption? Like : Not “more” or “more intense”, but “more complex”, or “different”?
  • Why is this weaving comeback/enriched interesting? Why come back, after all? Enrichment elsewhere as steam to stay out and not coming back, ever. Enlightenment?
  • What’s the difference between this and “move forward/enriched”?
  • What are the risks and ways of failure, here?
  • Is the comeback a way to compare? To triumph?
  • What if the comebacker doesn’t realize how much it’s a big deal for whom discovers these squirting “new knowledge”?
  • Do you know other stories?
  • How to link this with “the return of the prodigal son” pattern?
  • What the fuck do we do with returners? Admire them? Be jealous? Kill them? Smack’em go away where you come from, idiot, them? Unnoticing politely their progress?

Thanks for reading!

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Artification

I sold a book to a lady who is writing a thesis about… Artification.

I asked her : “What is this? The way Art spreads into society?”

“Noooo”, she answered. It’s the way Art extends its own definition : some things were NOT considered Art before, and now it’s Art.

Of course, you know me, we immediately had a little chat about resistance to Artification. I told her about authors who talks about decadence and “c’était mieux avant” (it was better before).

But I write this article because it’s a pattern, right?

It’s not Art Spreading in society, it’s more things becoming Art in society.

It really makes me think…

It’s a difference. A mutation more than a spread?

It’s a problem of definition (“What is Art and what is not”), it’s a problem of… field.

The field is not extending becoming larger (like Art coming to stations or malls), the field extends by mutation.

OK. Where else do we find this? Can you help me?

Thanks for reading!

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