Beckett's Dying Words

Beckett's Dying Words

Author: Christopher Ricks

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: UOM:39015029974840

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 218

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Most people want to live forever. But there is another truth: the longing for oblivion. With pain, wit, and humor, the art of Samuel Beckett variously embodies this truth, this ancient enduring belief that it is better to be dead than alive, best of all never to have been born. Beckett is the supreme writer of an age which has created new possibilities and impossibilities even in the matter of death and its definition--an age of transplants and life-support. But how does a writer give life to dismay at life itself, to the not unwelcome encroachments of death, when it is for the life, the vitality of their language that we value writers? Beckett became himself as a writer when he realized in his very words a principle of death: in cliches, which are dead but won't lie down; in a dead language and its memento mori; in words which mean their own opposites, like cleaving; and in what Beckett called a syntax of weakness. This artful study explores the relation between deep convictions about life or death and the incarnations which these take in the exact turns of a great writer, the realizations of an Irishman who wrote in English and in French, two languages with different apprehensions of life and of death.
Beckett's Dying Words
Language: en
Pages: 218
Authors: Christopher Ricks, Samuel Beckett
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 1993 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

Most people want to live forever. But there is another truth: the longing for oblivion. With pain, wit, and humor, the art of Samuel Beckett variously embodies this truth, this ancient enduring belief that it is better to be dead than alive, best of all never to have been born.
Beckett's Dying Words
Language: en
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Authors: Christopher Ricks
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