If not nobody would live. Gertrude Stein, “Portraits and Repetition”. In ‘portraits and repetition,’ an essay in. Lectures in America, written for her American. Gertrude Stein Portraits and Repetition – Download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or view presentation slides online. GERTRUDE STEIN. Boston. Beacon Hill PORTRAITS AND REPETITION. POETRY truly there is a new way of making portraits of men and women and.

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Portraits and Repetition, an essay by Gertrude Stein from Lectures in America

Once a word is written it is different from the moment before it is written: You rwpetition to write. Did one see sound, and what was the relation between color and sound, did it make itself by description by a word that meant it or did it make itself by a word in itself. I am inclined to believe there is no such thing as repetition. Wind outside, ocean in the distance.

gertgude In her experimentation, Stein produces a variety of very different portraits. He accomplishes nothing on the inside.

But listening is problematic because it easily leads to remembering and describing. But the qualities of that moment endure through time so that Ada seems always to be twice as old as her brother. The West was very surprised that an artist, and a female at that, could be so bold as to manipulate la nguage in such a reetition manner.

A single “slice” of a particular breakfast element creates a whole new breakfast. Ada needs to be always listening and talking to endure through life. Stein produces Tender Buttons in using language increasingly as an anti-representational entity. Breakfast is always in change; it is never tsein the same twice.


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Birdsong in the distance. Inside we were before this outside?

You do it, you repeat, whether you feel in the mood or not. The literary culture of the late nineteenth century was a culture in crisis. These aunts evidently had many stories to tell, and since there were “ten and eleven” of them, the stories were repeated frequently.

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However, a read of the poem reveals that, after the title, there is nothing in the language that suggests a human entity. This is a thing that may be at any time a temptation.

She was influential in promoting his work thereafter, and finally celebrated the artist in this portr ait. They may be characters in one of his paintings or characters discussing one o f his paintings, or any of a number of other possibilities.

Portraits and Repetition, an essay by Gertrude Stein from Lectures in America

It is very gertrrude that letter writing has the same difficulty, the letter writes what the other person is to he ar and so entity does not exist there are two present instead of one and so once again creation breaks down. The more real it becomes. Feeling confused by it all? To Stein this historical sense would negate the creation of a work of genius.

It is not in relationship to other breakfasts. A particular series of words will appear rapidly repeated, sometimes altered just slightly, or added to, sometimes not altered at all. As words are things seen and heard, and things seen and heard merge with words.


Stein is testing the “s” sound against the “t” sound. I must be sober. A person witnesses this, but is no longer here: Stein chooses the portrait because portrait production is an activity not of identification, but of perception. It is silent, gertrkde is alone. Stein gives the reader no bridge between the subject and the language of the poem. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through gertrhde with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

Instead, Stein portrays the interior activity of the man. The poet is in his house writing. Being breakfast, on the other hand, might involve being a great number of things, from a piece of fish to a centerpiece.

Compare this t o “Ada”, which has very definite characters, “One Carl Van Vechten” has only a continuous stream of objects: But potatoes are not the last change listed in “Breakfast. The function of the poem is to challenge the boundaries of language, to test the performance of language in very strained uses.