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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Calvino defines the quality of Exactitude as: Udiah, a famous author of Haikus, is able to convey the feelings and thoughts of fallen solders with just 17 syllables. Email required Address never made public. Loading comments… Trouble loading?

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Calvino’s Exactitude

This is not to say that detail is the enemy, but heavy, fixed detail is. As Calvino avers, only if writers set themselves tasks that no one else dares imagine will literature continue to have a function. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. Writing laden with minutiae ages quickly and is easily forgotten. Rules give one boundaries to work in, a set space, even if the space is to be thought of as infinite.

In the boundless realm of literature there are always new avenues to be explored. Lets break down each meaning of the word as Calvino sees it. I guess Calvino would say that is true, but that is not as easy as it seems because people love the unknown. The portrayal of vagueness in this poem appears to be a desirable characteristic. Email required Address never made public. Analogy An example involving parallels and comparisons.

They exist, lolling heavy in the water, anchored to the sandy floor. That said, within its scope and self-proclaimed goal — to pass on a set of values that will be useful in helping literature survive and describe the next millennium our own, that is — it is extremely wide-ranging, and is one of the most unusual books of literary criticism ever written.


The other Calvino thought I tend to focus on more however, is in regards to the great Leopardi. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Doing this liberates your writing, thus allowing you access to the realm of the combined consciousness, the shared magical. Right away, one can notice how Calvino is employing his own definition in his argument.

Everything can be looked at from an infinite number of perspectives, with different logics and with fresh methods of cognition and verification. Sam Cooney is a writer of fiction and nonfiction pieces that have been published around and thereabouts.

It arouses awareness of what might superficially be overlooked; it draws our attention to the marginal, the forgotten.

Six Memos For This Millennium – The

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The most adept writer can depict one second or a thousand years with the same allure.

How the salience of the content, beyond that structure, is impressed upon the reader is reliant on the next two definitions of exactitude.

Notify me of new comments via email. Some of my favorite writing about Leopardi and his work comes from Calvino on page 63 of the Six Memos book. In his work, he does not offer a personal interpretation of the work, but simply offers its essence guided followed by a purport on its explanation as it appears and not for some mundane purpose.


Toil for yourself, and then for others. Syllables can warp time, pronunciations matter, spaces shape tempo. The colors are muted to bring attention to the text and pictures. You jettison all that is cumbersome.

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 two emblems that Calvino uses to represent Exactitude are the crystal and the flame.

This is very much a book that sets you off thinking, which I suspect is the point. Email required Address never made public.

Calvino does a great service to his readers by clearly laying out these important concepts at the very beginning of the chapter. A writer is a manipulator of time, and must wrangle and wrestle it, delay it, cycle it or render it calfino using rhythms, patterns and formulas.

Calvino calivno brings up that now that we know how complicated and exact the process is for creating a crystal, it is even more relatable.

Notify me of new posts via email. When we write, we able to erase, delete, and rewrite in order to make a more perfect work. People love the suspense a vague description brings. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.

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