To Calvino, exactitude means three things above all: a well-defined and well- calculated plan for the work; an evocation of clear, incisive, memorable visual. “To my mind exactitude means three things above all: 1. a well-defined and well- calculated plan for the work in question; 2. an evocation of. In the third memo of Calvino’s five, he describes the quality of exactitude. He explains it in having three main points: 1. A well-defined, well.

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Six Memos for the Next Millennium review – Italo Calvino’s Harvard lectures

Kimberly Dark Swinging Modern Sounds Calvino describes the progression as something that is painstaking but not necessarily painful, from the moment you grasp the significance of a single image and then associate it with other images, forming a field of analogies, symmetries and confrontations, and then organising this material, which is no longer purely visual but also conceptual, to try and give order and sense to the development of a story.

The markings on the drawing are concisely placed to show proportion and exact lengths. The strength is not in the object itself, but in what it embodies. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: However, Calvino died of a stroke before he finished writing them.

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For this we will use a cookie recipe for reference. You are commenting using your Twitter account. How the salience of the content, beyond that structure, is impressed upon the reader is reliant on the next two definitions of exactitude.

Crystals are formed and in a sense born. Order by newest oldest recommendations. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.


Some of my favorite writing about Leopardi and his work comes from Calvino on page 63 of the Six Memos book. His essay meanders and distends, filled both with specificities and generalisations, but it is always precise, and more importantly, always on topic. Writing has to aim high. Notify me of new comments via email. Calvino does a great service to his readers by clearly laying out these important concepts at the very beginning of the chapter. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here It takes something simple and is able to show it in its most complicated form through an exact process.

An evocation of clear, incisive, memorable visual images, 3. The most adept writer can depict one second or a thousand years with the same allure. Analogy An example involving parallels and comparisons. They believed it was represented by Maat, the goddess of scales. Being concise is different to being precise. Those parts are as follows:. A language as precise as possible in both in choice of words and expression of the subtleties of thought and imagination. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.

Crystals have the ability to refract light. To Calvino, exactitude means three things above all: This site uses cookies. Words therefore have become devalued, and at the same time the capacity to write imagery-based text is exalted. And like a single deadline can work as the major driving force for a writer, a large array of directives act as stimulation, as ongoing spurs.

When Calvino speaks of quickness, he is referring to the ability of a writer to control the speed of a story. Even the most ornate or seemingly garrulous writers Nabokov, Joyce, Pynchon are at their base rigidly coherent. Stay updated via RSS.

But we can choose to remove the unnecessary ties and worldly weight. And often it all starts with a single spark, a solitary image that for some reason is charged with meaning. It seeks to represent any and every area of knowledge — science, philosophy, politics, you name it — intertwining them all into narrative and setting.

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Embrace quickness, but not in favour of substance. This aclvino uses cookies. Each one is of a particular size and shape; some are new and some old.

eaxctitude You are commenting using your Facebook account. To Calvino exactitude means three things:. At the end of these ten years, the artist picks up his brush and, in an instant, with a single stroke, he draws a crab, the most perfect crab ever seen.

I have tried to remove weight, sometimes from people, sometimes from heavenly bodies, sometimes from cities; above all I have tried to remove weight from the structure of stories and from language.

Although vague, exactitude is achieved by an enormous amount of attention that went into achieving the vagueness. Exavtitude find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: He goes on to say, that even writing that appears to be vague is, in itself, a form of exactitude.

You are commenting using your WordPress. But for the general reader and lover of literature it is rich and deeply satisfying — paradoxically so, given that it is so brief, and often so vague. Emblem An object representing the entire scope of the memo.