Logopoeia

To be honest, as much as I treasured, read & re-read my old copy of Pound's ABC of Reading in my youth, I have always been a little uncertain about exactly what logopoeia means. I mean, I've had a vague concept, but nothing like the more detailed understanding I have -- or think I have -- about melopoeia & phanopoeia. Pound's own definition of the term is a metaphor, always a perilous form of technical description (though perhaps sometimes unavoidable).  Jonathan Mayhew's  discussion is clarifying & useful. I am particularly drawn to the thought experiment of imagining a word's "anti-context." That's just one of those lovely notions that will stick with me.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.