A Defense of Ardor

A Defense of Ardor

The same mixture of ardor and compassion that marks Zagajewski's distinctive contribution to modern poetry runs throughout this eloquent, engaging collection.

Author: Adam Zagajewski

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9781466884236

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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Ardor, inspiration, the soul, the sublime: Such terms have long since fallen from favor among critics and artists alike. In his new collection of essays, Adam Zagajewski continues his efforts to reclaim for art not just the terms but the scanted spiritual dimension of modern human existence that they stake out. Bringing gravity and grace to his meditations on art, society, and history, Zagajewski wears his erudition lightly, with a disarming blend of modesty and humor. His topics range from autobiography (his first visit to a post-Soviet Lvov after childhood exile; his illicit readings of Nietzsche in Communist Poland); to considerations of artist friends past and present (Zbigniew Herbert, Czeslaw Milosz); to intellectual and psychological portraits of cities he has known, east and west; to a dazzling thumbnail sketch of postwar Polish poetry. Zagajewski gives an account of the place of art in the modern age that distinguishes his self-proclaimed liberal vision from the "right-wing radicalism" of such modernist precursors as Eliot or Yeats. The same mixture of ardor and compassion that marks Zagajewski's distinctive contribution to modern poetry runs throughout this eloquent, engaging collection.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Wanderers Across Language

Wanderers Across Language

19—24) In A Defense of Ardor Zagajewski describes our epoch as 'ten puer aeternus historii' [that puer aeternus of history] that 'uwielbia przekorę' ...

Author: Kinga Olszewska

Publisher: MHRA

ISBN: 9781905981083

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 186

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Exile has become a potent symbol of Polish and Irish cultures. Historical, political and cultural predicaments of both countries have branded them as diasporic nations: but, in Adorno's dictum, for an exile writing becomes home. Olszewska offers a multifaceted picture of the figure of exile in postwar Poland and Ireland, juxtaposing politics and culture: whereas Irish exile appears more in an economic and cultural context, the essence of Polish exile is political. This comparative study of works by Polish and Irish authors -- Stanisaw Baraczak, Adam Zagajewski, Marek Hasko, Kazimierz Brandys, Brian Moore, Desmond Hogan and Paul Muldoon -- shows a literature which not only depicts the experience of exile, but which uses exile as a literary device.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Ardor in the Court

Ardor in the Court

Sensobaugh appealed, claiming that article 1102 provided him a defense. If you could kill someone for having sex with your wife, why couldn't you simply ...

Author: Jeffrey Miller

Publisher: ECW Press

ISBN: 9781550225280

Category: Humor

Page: 283

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1656: A Boston court sentences a ship's captain to sit in the stocks for two hours for 'lewd and unseemly behaviour' on the Sabbath. His offence? Arriving home that Sunday after three years at sea, he had kissed his wife. 1889: The chief justice of England debates with fellow judges whether a man can have 'sexual connection with a duck.' 1968: J. Edgar Hoover tries to ban the recording 'Two Virgins' because the cover depicts John Lennon and Yoko Ono stark naked from both directions. 2000: A stripper sues her plastic surgeon because her bottom looks like her top after he stitches breast implants into her buttocks. Spanning all legal history, from the Bible onward, these and other sex-charged legal cases are covered when sex meets the law in "Ardor in the Court."
Categories: Humor

Between Fire and Sleep

Between Fire and Sleep

In A Defense of Ardor, trans. Clare Cavanagh (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004). 7. In Historia literatury. My translation. 8.

Author: Jaroslaw Anders

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300155310

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 221

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A collection of essays representing Anders's thinking over several decades, 'Between Fire and Sleep' offers a fresh understanding of modern Polish cultural identity.
Categories: Literary Collections

Almost Nothing The 20th Century Art and Life of J zef Czapski

Almost Nothing  The 20th Century Art and Life of J  zef Czapski

Adam Zagajewski, “Toil and Flame,” in A Defense of Ardor, 94. God made everything... Paul Valéry, Mauvaises pensées et autres, in (Euvres, vol. II, 907.

Author: Eric Karpeles

Publisher: New York Review of Books

ISBN: 9781681372853

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 496

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A compelling biography of the Polish painter and writer Józef Czapski that takes readers to Paris in the Roaring Twenties, to the front lines during WWII, and into the late 20th-century art world. Józef Czapski (1896–1993) lived many lives during his ninety-six years. He was a student in Saint Petersburg during the Russian Revolution and a painter in Paris in the roaring twenties. As a Polish reserve officer fighting against the invading Nazis in the opening weeks of the Second World War, he was taken prisoner by the Soviets. For reasons unknown to this day, he was one of the very few excluded from Stalin’s sanctioned massacres of Polish officers. He never returned to Poland after the war, but worked tirelessly in Paris to keep alive awareness of the plight of his homeland, overrun by totalitarian powers. Czapski was a towering public figure, but painting gave meaning to his life. Eric Karpeles, also a painter, reveals Czapski’s full complexity, pulling together all the threads of this remarkable life.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Planets on Tables

Planets on Tables

The contemporary Polish poet Adam Zagajewski makes a similar point in “A Defense of Ardor”: The connections between high and low are complex.

Author: Bonnie Costello

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9781501727047

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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Poets have long been drawn to the images and techniques of still life. Artists and poets alike present intimate worlds where time is suspended in the play of form and color and where history disappears amid everyday things. The genre of still life with its focus on the domestic sphere seemed to some a retreat from the political and economic pressures of the last century. Yet many American artists and writers found in the arrangement of local objects a way to connect the individual to larger public concerns. Indeed, the debates over still life reveal just what is at stake in the long-standing quarrel over poetry's meaning and usefulness. By exploring literary works of still life by Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, Elizabeth Bishop, and Richard Wilbur—as well as the art of Joseph Cornell—the eminent critic Bonnie Costello considers how exchanges between the arts help to establish vital thresholds between the personal and public realms. In her view, Stevens and Williams bring the turmoil of history into their struggle for local aesthetic order; Bishop "studies history" in the intimate objects and arrangements she finds in her travels; Cornell, an artist inspired by poetry and loved by poets, links his dream boxes to contemporary events; and Richard Wilbur seeks to mend a broken postwar world within the hospitable spheres of art and home. In Planets on Tables, Costello describes a period when some of America's greatest poets and artists found in still life a way to "contemplate the good in the midst of confusion," to bring the distant near, and to resist—rather than escape—the pressures of their times.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Knowing One s Place in Contemporary Irish and Polish Poetry

Knowing One s Place in Contemporary Irish and Polish Poetry

Zagajewski clearly crafts a poetic persona in his prose works (especially A Defense of Ardor, Another Beauty, and Two Cities). His poetry reveals that the ...

Author: Magdalena Kay

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781441178435

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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Are we allowed to choose where we belong? What pressures make us feel that we should belong somewhere? This book brings together four major poets-Heaney, Mahon, Zagajewski, and Hartwig-who ask themselves these questions throughout their lives. They start by assuming that we can choose not to belong, but know this is easier said than done. Something in them is awry, leading them to travel, emigrate, and return dissatisfied with all forms of belonging. Writer after writer has suggested that Polish and Irish literature bear some uncanny similarities, particularly in the 20th century, but few have explored these similarities in depth. Ireland and Poland, with their tangled histories of colonization, place a large premium upon knowing one's place. What happens, though, when a poet makes a career out of refusing to know her place in the way her culture expects? This book explores the consequences of this refusal, allowing these poets to answer such questions through their own poems, leading to surprising conclusions about the connection of knowledge and belonging, roots and identity.
Categories: Literary Criticism

American Book Publishing Record

American Book Publishing Record

8 ' 5473 A defense of ardor / Adam Zagajewski ; translated from the Polish by
Clare Cavanagh . New York : Farrar , Straus and Giroux , c2004 . 198 p . ; 22 cm .
Contents : A defense of ardor — The shabby and the sublime - Nietzsche in ...

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The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn

The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn

Halavend stepped back, his hands raising in instinctive defense. “Relax.” Ardor picked up the bowl of Ashings with his free hand. “It's time to collect.

Author: Tyler Whitesides

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780356510996

Category: Fiction

Page: 784

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AN EXPLOSIVE TALE OF DARING DEEDS, DECEIT AND DRAGONS 'If you enjoy The Lies of Locke Lamora . . . then I can confidently predict that The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn is the book for you . . . Highly recommended' The Eloquent Page 'I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is easily the best fantasy-heist book I have read in years!' A Fantastical Librarian Ardor Benn is no ordinary thief - a master of wildly complex heists, he styles himself a Ruse Artist Extraordinaire. When a mysterious priest hires him for the most daring ruse yet, Ardor knows he'll need more than quick wit and sleight of hand. Assembling a dream team of forgers, disguisers, schemers and thieves, he sets out to steal from the most powerful king the realm has ever known. But it soon becomes clear there's more at stake than fame and glory - Ard and his team might just be the last hope for human civilisation. 'A fun, terrific read I heartily recommend' David Dalglish, author of A Dance of Cloaks 'The plot and world of this book are one of a kind . . . a very impressive debut' The Quill to Live 'From start to finish this is an amazing read' The Book Plank 'Fun, entertaining and has a unique magic system . . . pretty darn cool' BookNest 'This one is for all you fans of Scott Lynch and Marshall Ryan Maresca eager to meet your next favourite fantasy ne'er-do-well' B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog
Categories: Fiction

Library Journal

Library Journal

Lib . , CUNY ZAGAJEWSKI , ADAM . A Defense of Ardor . Farrar . Oct . 2004 . c .
160p . tr . from Polish by Clare Cavanagh . ISBN 0 - 374 - 13630 - 0 . $ 20 . LIT In
this collection of essays , Zagajewski , a well - known Polish poet , novelist , and ...

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ISBN: UOM:39015063375029

Category: Libraries

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Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.
Categories: Libraries

Art and Ardor

Art and Ardor

... are thrown pragmatically into the defense of that easy and comfortable role; the barricades of the pleasant prison are manned—no, womaned—by the inmates ...

Author: Cynthia Ozick

Publisher: Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781786491091

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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Art & Ardor was the first of Cynthia Ozick's collections of her non-fiction pieces, and covers the longest span (1968 to 1983) of the now seven volumes. First printed in a variety of publications, these pieces appeared in not only The New Republic, Partisan Review, and The New York Review of Books, but also Mademoiselle and Ms.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Slight Exaggeration

Slight Exaggeration

In a mosaic-like blend of criticism, reflections, European history, and aphoristic musings, Zagajewski tells the stories of his life in glimpses and reveries—from the Second World War and the occupation of Poland that left his family ...

Author: Adam Zagajewski

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9780374709631

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 288

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A new essay collection by the noted Polish poet For Adam Zagajewski—one of Poland’s great poets—the project of writing, whether it be poetry or prose, is an occasion to advance what David Wojahn has characterized as his “restless and quizzical quest for self-knowledge.” Slight Exaggeration is an autobiographical portrait of the poet, arranged not chronologically but with that same luminous quality that distinguishes Zagajewski’s spellbinding poetry—an affinity for the invisible. In a mosaic-like blend of criticism, reflections, European history, and aphoristic musings, Zagajewski tells the stories of his life in glimpses and reveries—from the Second World War and the occupation of Poland that left his family dispossessed to Joseph Brodsky’s funeral on the Venetian island of San Michele—interspersed with intellectual interrogations of the writers and poets (D. H. Lawrence, Giorgos Seferis, Zbigniew Herbert, Paul Valéry), composers and painters (Brahms, Rembrandt), and modern heroes (Helmuth James Graf von Moltke) who have influenced his work. A wry and philosophical defense of mystery, Slight Exaggeration recalls Zagajewski’s poetry in its delicate negotiation between the earthbound and the ethereal, “between brief explosions of meaning and patient wandering through the plains of ordinary days.” With an enduring inclination to marvel, Zagajewski restores the world to us—necessarily incomplete and utterly astonishing.
Categories: Literary Collections

The Nation

The Nation

The part of the mainstream of artisfourth essay collection by Zatic and intellectual
life , a state Readers of poetry often stress its difference gajewski to be translated
into of affairs he attributed to the English , A Defense of Ardor elitism of creative ...

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A Defense of Poetry

A Defense of Poetry

151 But as he is more delicately organized than other men , and sensible to pain
and pleasure , both his own and that of others , in a degree unknown to them , he
will avoid the one and pursue the other with an ardor proportioned to this ...

Author: Percy Bysshe Shelley

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015009131965

Category: Poetry

Page: 82

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A Defense of Poetry

A Defense of Poetry

When Aeneas and Dido become lazy drones , making the cave into which they first withdrew a symbol of their social dereliction and rechanneling ardor ...

Author: Paul H. Fry

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804725314

Category: Poetry

Page: 255

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A Defense of Poetry argues that literature can be defined - pragmatist and historicist arguments notwithstanding - and that in its definition its unique value can be discovered. In qualified opposition to the most sophisticated Formalist definitions involving redundancy or economy of expression, the author identifies literature ontologically as a sign of the preconceptual, as the "ostensive moment" that discloses neither the purpose nor the structure of existence but existence itself, revealed in its nonhuman register.
Categories: Poetry

Ardor

Ardor

Man will then find a justification: in his trepidation, in his uncertainty, in remembrance of his defenselessness. Man is the only flayed animal.

Author: Roberto Calasso

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9781429955805

Category: Religion

Page: 432

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In a meditation on the wisdom of the Vedas, Roberto Calasso brings ritual and sacrifice to bear on the modern world In this revelatory volume, Roberto Calasso, whom The Paris Review has called "a literary institution," explores the ancient texts known as the Vedas. Little is known about the Vedic people, who lived more than three thousand years ago in northern India: They left behind almost no objects, images, or ruins. They created no empires. Even the soma, the likely hallucinogenic plant that appears at the center of some of their rituals, has not been identified with any certainty. Only a "Parthenon of words" remains: verses and formulations suggesting a daring understanding of life. "If the Vedic people had been asked why they did not build cities," writes Calasso, "they could have replied: we did not seek power, but rapture." This is the ardor of the Vedic world, a burning intensity that is always present, both in the mind and in the cosmos. With his signature erudition and profound sense of the past, Calasso explores the enigmatic web of ritual and myth that defines the Vedas. Often at odds with modern thought, these texts illuminate the nature of consciousness more vividly than anything else has managed to till now. Following the "hundred paths" of the Satapatha Brahmana, an impressive exegesis of Vedic ritual, Ardor indicates that it may be possible to reach what is closest by passing through that which is most remote, as "the whole of Vedic India was an attempt to think further."
Categories: Religion

A defense of set or prescribed forms of prayer being an answer to Mr Phelps s Remarks upon a sermon on Luke xi 1 preached on that subject pursuant to the will of Mr J Hutchins on St Mark s Day 1745 by T Newton To which is added an Examination of Mr Phelps s Reflections upon two passages in another sermon preach d by Doctor Newton December 18th 1745 the day appointed for a General Fast In a letter to the author

A defense of set or prescribed forms of prayer  being an answer to Mr  Phelps s Remarks upon a sermon  on Luke xi  1  preached on that subject  pursuant to the will of Mr  J  Hutchins  on St  Mark s Day  1745     by     T  Newton     To which is added  an Examination of Mr  Phelps s Reflections upon two passages in another sermon preach d by Doctor Newton     December 18th 1745  the day appointed for a General Fast  In a letter to the author

... or Apprehen : lion of the same daily Wants and Necessities , will ever inspire us with proper Ardor or Fere pency in the same daily Form of Prayer .

Author: John DOWNES (Rector of St. Michael's, Wood Street.)

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Market Liberalism

Market Liberalism

the Reagan defense build-up, fought desperately to override the administration's ... 1"Jackie Calmes, "Guns for Butter; Ardor to Trim Defense Hits Political ...

Author: David Boaz

Publisher: Cato Institute

ISBN: 0932790984

Category: Free enterprise

Page: 404

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Essays discuss federal regulations, social security, urban problems, education, budget deficits, health care, and other topics
Categories: Free enterprise

Defense Relations Between the United States and Vietnam

Defense Relations Between the United States and Vietnam

The Defense Ministry, taking the view of the government, wanted to move ... the MND's ardor for the BTA cooled, and the Defense Ministry was somewhat less ...

Author: Lewis M. Stern

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786421688

Category: History

Page: 298

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Although the hostilities of the Vietnam War ended in 1975, the diplomatic repercussions lasted for several more decades. Eventually, however, the dedicated perseverance of diplomats on both sides paid off. In November 2003, Major General Pham Van Tra, defense minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, met with U.S. defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld in the halls of the Pentagon, signaling a new era in U.S.-Vietnamese defense relations. This book traces the development of that relationship in the years since the Vietnam War. It focuses especially on the 1990s, a decade in which the author served as country director for Indochina, Thailand and Burma in the Office of the Assistant U.S. Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. His experience adds a personal perspective to the historical and political record. Multiple facets of the relationship between the two countries are addressed, including trade, immigration of Amerasian children, and POW-MIA concerns. Through this honest depiction of the sometimes fractious and confusing policy-making process, Stern shows how both parties came to agree, in the words of Major General Tra, that we "should not allow the future to repeat the past."
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Venice and the Defense of Republican Liberty

Venice and the Defense of Republican Liberty

Speaking " with infinite ardor and incredible emotion , " Nani reported , the pope had concluded one important interview by declaring " that he had been ...

Author: William James Bouwsma

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520052218

Category: History

Page: 670

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