A Muse and a Maze

A maze: finding the correct path requires frequent decisionmaking. In Cybertext: Perspectives on Ergodic Literature,32 Espen J. Aarseth cites scholar Penelope Reed Doob, who “distinguishes between two kinds of labyrinthine structure: ...

Author: Peter Turchi

Publisher: Trinity University Press

ISBN: 9781595341945

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 248

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With his characteristic genius for finding connections between writing and the stuff of our lives, Peter Turchi ventures into new and even more surprising territory. In A Muse and a Maze, Turchi draws out the similarities between writing and puzzle-making and its flip-side, puzzle-solving. As he teases out how mystery lies at the heart of all storytelling, he uncovers the magic—the creation of credible illusion—that writers share with the likes of Houdini and master magicians. In Turchi’s associative narrative, we learn about the history of puzzles, their obsessive quality, and that Benjamin Franklin was a devotee of an ancient precursor of sudoku called Magic Squares. Applying this rich backdrop to the requirements of writing, Turchi reveals as much about the human psyche as he does about the literary imagination and the creative process.

10th Muse Maze of the Minotaur

Little did the Sonnet's realize that the daughter they adopted was actually the embodiment of a Muse from the ancient days of Greece − when the gods and mortals walked hand and hand. Anyone who studied Greek myths was aware of the nine ...

Author: Darren G. Davis

Publisher: Storm

ISBN: 9780966473742

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 198

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10th Muse Volume One

Best of 2015

In A Muse and a Maze, Turchi draws out the similarities between writing and puzzle making and its flip side, puzzle solving. As he teases out how mystery lies at the heart of all storytelling, he uncovers the magic—the creation of ...

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Publisher: Trinity University Press

ISBN: 9781595347725

Category: Literary Collections

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Selections from Trinity University Press's best books of 2015.

Houseboat on the Styx

A. F. Moritz. Part VI a Muse and a Maze When our city was much smaller — was still beautiful A Muse and a Maze.

Author: A. F. Moritz

Publisher: Ekstasis Editions

ISBN: 1896860397

Category: Poetry

Page: 88

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Two lovers find their houseboat stuck in a reedy marsh in Hades. What to do? A work of exhilarating range, Houseboat on the Styx finds in primal human wanderlust the mythological journey of the soul.

Bunyan The Pilgrim s Progress

5. in a maze . The first edition has in a muse . ' Maze is mental confusion , stupefaction : akin to the old ... A labyrinth is called a maze , because those who enter it wander about as if stupefied , unable to find their way out .

Author: John Bunyan

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ISBN: BML:37001103891805

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The Pilgrim s Progress

5. in a maze . The first edition has • in a muse . Maze is mental confusion , stupefaction : akin to the old ... A labyrinth is called a maze , because those who enter it wander about as if stupefied , unable to find their way out .

Author: John Bunyan

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ISBN: HARVARD:HWJ9WI

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Constraining Chance

Verbal Ruses and Oulipian Rats In Les Choses and to a greater extent in Un homme qui dort, the labyrinth ... j'aime les moulures et les rosaces: elles me tiennent souvent lieu de muse et l'enchevêtrement des fioritures de stuc me ...

Author: Alison James

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN: 9780810125308

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 312

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This text examines the representation and staging of chance in literature through the study of a specific case - the work of the 20th-century French writer Georges Perec (1936-82).

Making the Miscellany

With a muse trapped by the poet's desire to express his devotion, the sonnets simply repeated Lok's sentiments, ... I seeke to dedicate my power,” the “more my dutie groweth everie hower” until “I cannot write, such maze my muse is in.

Author: Megan Heffernan

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812298024

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 336

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In Making the Miscellany Megan Heffernan examines the poetic design of early modern printed books and explores how volumes of compiled poems, which have always existed in practice, responded to media change in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. Heffernan's focus is not only the material organization of printed poetry, but also how those conventions and innovations of arrangement contributed to vernacular poetic craft, the consolidation of ideals of individual authorship, and centuries of literary history. The arrangement of printed compilations contains a largely unstudied and undertheorized archive of poetic form, Heffernan argues. In an evolving system of textual transmission, compilers were experimenting with how to contain individual poems within larger volumes. By paying attention to how they navigated and shaped the exchanges between poems and their organization, she reveals how we can witness the basic power of imaginative writing over the material text. Making the Miscellany is also a study of how this history of textual design has been differently told by the distinct disciplines of bibliography or book history and literary studies, each of which has handled—and obscured—the formal qualities of early modern poetry compilations and the practices that produced them. Revisiting these editorial and critical approaches, this book recovers a moment when compilers, poets, and readers were alert to a poetics of organization that exceeded the limits of the individual poem.