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4.32  ·  Rating details ·  1,308 ratings  ·  148 reviews
يقول ماريو بارغاس يوسا إن بورخيس هو الذي فتح بوابات أوربا والعالم أمام الرواية الأمريكية اللاتينية في الستينات وهنا في ست محاضرات يحكي بورخيس عن الشعر الجديد والقديم من زوايا خاصة وفي لغات متعددة تلعب الذاكرة الشخصية فيها دوراً إبداعياً في الأفكار والتشريح وبورخيس حالة إبداعية ملونة ومبهرة. ...more
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Published 2007 by دار المدى (first published 1992)
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Riku Sayuj
Self-effacing Borges, fun to hang out with, but intimidating in his casual erudition.

This is why:

I think of myself as being essentially a reader. As you are aware, I have ventured occasionally into writing; but I think that what I have read is far more important than what I have written. For one reads what one likes yet one writes not what one would like to write, but what one is able to write.

At first, certainly, I was only a reader. Yet I think the happiness of a reader is beyond that of a
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Rise
Sep 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought I'd never hear the brave librarian speak. Posterity saved the lectures that Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) delivered in Harvard University in the fall of '67 and spring '68. The Argentinian was nearing 70 when he gave this series of lectures. The recordings were discovered from the university archives and were transcribed and published in book form in 2000.

Borges's voice boomed across space and time. I found it ideal to listen to the lectures while following along with a transcription
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Trevor
May 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is a wonderful moment in this where Borges talks of all of the possible metaphors there could be in the world - all of the things that could be compared to other things, the near infinity of metaphors, and yet we constantly (though ages and cultures) return over and over to the same metaphors. Stars and eyes, for instance - and that beautiful line from Plato (I wish I could be the night and then I would watch over you with a thousand eyes - sigh).

His discussion about believing in the
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Michael
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction-read
What an honor and a privilege to be given access to the mind of one of the most original thinkers in the history of literature! In the 1967-1968 Charles Eliot Norton Lectures delivered at Harvard University, Borges spoke extemporaneously and without notes (he was blind by this time) about his life in literature and the craft of poetry. I read this slim volume (published in 2000) containing his six lectures and the afterword by the editor, Cătlin-Andrei Mihăilescu, and closed it to find my eyes ...more
Robert
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"This Craft Of Verse" is a little book composed of a series of short lectures Jorge Luis Borges gave at Harvard University in the fall of 1967. Taken together, they can be read as a series of love letters to poems, novels, histories and philosophies, as well as to all the men and women who wrote to make sense of life and, in doing so, gave pleasure.

If Borges is a great lover he is more Casanova than Don Juan. The man speaks softly of writers, flirts with philosophers, and touches in passing
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Mike
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in literature or Borges
Fairly interesting and Borges is as eminently likable speaking as himself as he is speaking under one of his thousands of guises--he has the combination of intelligence (and necessary lack of confidence in it) and depth of feeling needed to avoid academic posturing and mouth-breathing.
Mark
Jan 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Found this utterly lovely little book of lectures practically hidden away in the deepest bowels of the compressed stacks when I went looking for something else on poetry. Bought myself and my lady a copy almost immediately after I began reading it.

Whenever I have dipped into books of aesthetics, I have had an uncomfortable feeling that I was reading the works of astronomers who never looked at the stars. I mean that they were writing about poetry as if poetry were a task, and not what it really
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Lucía
Sep 01, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It goes without saying that Borges is a man of great learning; but in this series of lectures, his humility and self-deprecating wit outshine even his extensive knowledge of world literature. I suppose being honored at Harvard meant a lot to him. At any rate, it's a very quick and enjoyable read.
Aaron Arnold
Every Borges lecture is always a treat (see also the superb lecture collection Professor Borges: A Course on English Literature), so thankfully this recent transcription of a series of rediscovered lectures Borges gave at Harvard in the 60s has been made available to us. Not only was he one of the greatest writers of all time, but such a generous reader and riveting speaker that it's impossible to not want to immediately jump on everything he references. I do think his modesty is often comical, ...more
Richard
Jul 16, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Breakfast intellectuals?
I read this book over breakfast. I found that the format lended itself to such a casual reading-- short lectures, larger print (I really liked the layout of the book. Well done, typesetter. You made reading this book a pleasure). In typical Borges fashion, a single page will move effortlessly through quotes and references to Don Quixote, Arabian Nights, Old English grammar and Milton-- most of the quotations are delivered from memory in their original language.

Only three stars, however, because
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Tyler Jones
I think of myself as being essentially a reader. As you are aware, I have ventured into writing, but I think that what I have read is far more important than what I have written. For one reads what one likes - yet one writes not what one would like to write, but what one is able to write.

These six lectures, delivered during a visit to the United States in the late 1960's, focus primarily on poetry but really they are simply about language, meaning, and the joy and wonder thinking about such
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Keith
Sep 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"...as I understand it, anything suggested is far more effective than anything laid down. Perhaps the human mind has a tendency to deny a statement. Remember what Emerson said: arguments convince nobody. They convince nobody because they are presented as arguments. Then we look at them, we weigh them, we turn them over, and we decided against them. But when something is merely said or-better still- hinted at, there is a kind of hospitality in our imagination. We are ready to accept it."


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I've
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Spike Gomes
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"This Craft of Verse" is a transcription of several lectures delivered in English to an audience at Harvard University by Jorge Luis Borges. While I've read quite a bit of his fiction and some of his verse, I've never read his essays or transcriptions of his interviews or lectures. I may have to remedy that lack, as what this short book records is something rather surprising to me.

For someone who wrote some of the most intellectually innovative short fiction of the 20th Century, Borges comes
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Michael
Mar 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the craft of verse is a compilation of nearly-forgotten lectures borges gave at harvard in 1967-1968. i can just picture him standing at the podium in the yellow haze of his blindness. from these intimate talks it's plain to see that he's a man that has lived with books, like a lover.

i read this book about six years ago and have been so dazzled by his labyrinths, ficciones and the book of sand that i returned to it. these deceptively simple, candid addresses afford a beautiful window into borges
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James
"Whistler said, 'Art happens.' That is to say, there is something mysterious about art. I would like to take his words in a new sense. I shall say: Art happens every time we read a poem." His Charles Eliot Norton Lectures show how passionate and unconventional -- as well as conservative -- his relationship with poetry was. In these lectures Borges expands upon this notion and shares his view of the craft of Poetry. Reading the lectures inspires one to return to Borges poetry again and again. ...more
Will Daly
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this in a couple of hours while procrastinating on my final essay. Nowhere else will you find so many astonishing ideas presented so succinctly with such a powerful effect on the intellect and the soul.

The evernote quote-note I made for this book is almost a quarter of the length of this book itself. It's pure goldno padding.

I tried to sum up some of my notes, but there are just too many insights for me to poorly paraphrase and try to set down.

Please read it yourself. You can find it for
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Nick
Dec 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
"I have been asked why I have never attempted a novel. Well, laziness is of course the first explanation. But there is another one: I have never read any novel without feeling a certain weariness. I think that novels include padding; I think that padding may be an essential part of the novel, for all I know. And yet, I have read many short stories over and over again, and I find, for example, that in a short story by Henry James, or by Rudyard Kipling, you get quite as much complexity, and in a ...more
Kanu Bhagwat
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent perspective on poetry, it was a learning experience without getting lectured. That's probably because Borges is a wonderful teacher and can talk about literature from the beginning of time till the end and wouldn't once be a drag. This book makes we want more on a subject I'm only mildly interested in (poetry) I'm biased towards prose academics is to blame completely and the same reason I couldn't bring myself to give it a 5. But 5 on 5 for Borges.
Michael
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderful read. It is a very small collection of lectures on poetry, language, literature and writing. They are breathtaking in their simplicity, wisdom and brevity. What a gift this man has! In a few words he opens the world to you - particularly if you are a lover of words and literature. This little book was a perfect one to read as i spend time here unfolding through words and speech what my life has brought before my very eyes. Im so very glad I read this little book. ...more
Zane
Oct 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Think you are smart, but don't really like poetry? Read these lectures. He makes classic and modern poets sound interesting. The main question he keeps returning to is how people take language, which evolved out of everyday needs for communication, and combine it to make people feel. The answer is: magic... or was it metaphor? Regardless, this is thoughtful and simply-written because it was spoken by an old Borges.
Matt
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Haven't actually "read" this book but I've listened to the lectures multiple times. That basically means I've read the audio-book version... I'd recommend everyone do the same.
Bret Parker
Nov 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: writing
Personal, humble, evocative, mystical, humorous, irreverent--perhaps this is Borges revealed simply. While I cannot agree with him completely on a few points, I find delightful resonance with his passion for poetry, language, reading, literacy, and the essence of some great literary works (e.g. Huckleberry Finn, and Don Quixote).
Doug
Sep 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charmingly casual -- there's no ideology here, no hard-angled pomo poststructuralism and the like. Certain of ambiguity, and richly read, Borges has something in common with Hayek, I posit -- or rather the reverse, though I don't know if any influence is there -- and that's the thing, somehow, what's linked by literature pervades, what was it, the oversoul a la Emerson?
Phillip Barron
Mar 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Only Borges, with his lifelong commitment to languages, could write (and deliver, this is a series of lectures) such a deceptively simple, humble, and insightful meditation on the pieces that put poetry together.
Lama Dalbah
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel this man was a prophet in a previous life. Everyone interested in Words is recommended to read this! You could hear him giving lectures too, videos are found on youtube. Just type his name and the name of the lecture. It's such a delight hearing him talk, he has the loveliest accent ever!
Marcelo
Feb 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommended
If you write or are interested in writing poetry, you will learn more about what it takes to write it from this short collection of lectures Borges gave at Harvard than from many, many literature books. It's amazing.
Philip Mazza
A beautiful series of lectures where the master himself humbly allows us to catch a glimpse of the infinite pleausures literature afforded to him. Altough Borges doesn't quote him, there is some reminiscences of Nietzsche's tought in these pages, specially when the topic of the history of literature is touched, albeit not without originality. Borges doesn't reject eternity and the infinite as Nietzsche does, perhaps because that infinity is now purely human as Kant and Hegel already discovered. ...more
RebecaH
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is full of deep reflections regarding literature, but more importantly, full of Borges' soul. I was gladly amazed by the writer behind those great short stories in Ficciones and El Aleph . Now I understand that these stories serve as mirrors of the fantastic world inside his own mind.
Jessica Bang
3.5 stars.

Everything is well-said, though not everything is particularly profound. Nevertheless, a short and insightful read for the reader and writer in me.
Rochelle
Apr 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays, poetry
this is best considered a love letter to poetry, and a list of poetry's perplexities, challenges, delights, and attributes. Simple, lovely, and full of the presence of the gifted Borges himself.
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Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo, usually referred to as Jorge Luis Borges (Spanish pronunciation: [xoɾxe lwis boɾxes]), was an Argentine writer and poet born in Buenos Aires. In 1914, his family moved to Switzerland where he attended school and traveled to Spain. On his return to Argentina in 1921, Borges began publishing his poems and essays in Surrealist literary journals. He also ...more

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