Sunday, February 19, 2006

Colorful Covers


From the desk of Lizette:

What is the significance of all of the colors mentioned in the first half of OBJECTS? From "A Carafe" through "A Piano," Stein either alludes to color in general (as in "That is no color chosen") or specifically (as in "Light blue and the same red with purple."). I've always found Stein's prose to be an uphill climb, and--with apologies to Stein aficionados-- her poetry not much better. But I admit to being intrigued by some of her patterns, like the colors I mention. Some colors appear to be linked with particular concepts, especially yellow, red and white.

Then, in roughly the same first half, what is the purpose of the word or concept "cover?" Glazed Glitter, Substance/Cushion, Dirt/Not Copper, A Box, A Plate, A Book all give space to cover or coverings (e.g. "Excellent not a hull house" in It Was Black).

Beginning with More and continuing through the end of OBJECTS, is anyone wondering about the frequency of the word "little?"

I'm curious about the two references to Japanese culture in Careless Water and Glazed Glitter, and the appearance of all the umbrellas (or maybe there's just one with three mentions).

I loved "Picasso." Very meditative, almost like a chant in some places, and it reminded me of sudden fiction. I was able to fashion meaning out of it--it made a certain sense to me.

2 comments:

Lara said...

Wow, Lizette, I didn't even realize the whole "cover" concept was there...that is fascinating. Whenever I read Tender Buttons, I am trying to find new themes or clues to gain new understanding. Maybe the "cover" is the word itself as a costume that covers all the assumptions carried within a word...

katrina said...

yes, i too am fascinated by her use of colors. the colors she chooses and where she places them and how she uses colors to describe things that might otherwise seem colorless(?). i wonder if this comes from her association with painters and her love of visual works of art. let's talk about this more in class tonight.