It is the author’s lightness of language that contradictorily dissolves the mass of the world into its most infinite and minute specks, while at the same time, enlightens the reader to the knowledge of the world that it is trying to dissolve. It may be losing its density, but it still exists. In Boccaccio’s Decameron, Cavalcanti avoids the tediousness of humanity by leaping over a gravestone. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Change ). So, this lightness  can help us see the whole beyond the parts we know personally. We could simply learn more and more about other individuals and their lived experience as different versions of our own, accumulating more of the same type of ‘weight’. 28 points • 10 comments - "Take life lightly, for lightness is not superficial, but gliding above things, not having weights on your heart". Italo Calvino and Lightness. In this wonderful essay he helps us gain perspective, shift our point of view and move between levels, both in our reading and in our thinking. At birth, Medusa is described as being ravishingly beautiful. Calvino understood this through experience.

Calvino’s first quality is lightness. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Similarly to Greek philosopher Heraclitus, for Italo Calvino, Lightness is the flexible; the weightless; the mobile; the connective; vectors as distinct from structures. As such he began to take notice of such weight and remove it in a way that promoted lightness: lightness by absence of weight, a sort of buoyancy. Each of these memos touches on a different quality which Calvino felt should be valued in literature. It is Cavalcanti that serves as this visual image for lightness, for he “raises himself above the weight of the world” (pg. Luckily, we have the text of 5 of these 6 planned lectures and they are published in English as ‘Six memos for the next millennium’.

He quotes Jacques from Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ describing his melancholy as “compounded of many simples…”. He acknowledged the duality of lightness, a necessity inherent in the existence of such quality. In this scene, the main character of this scene (the author) escapes his pursuers by leaping over tombstones. The sheer force of the house lifting up and defying gravity with nothing but balloons gives me the same image and feeling as of Calvino’s emblem, that of the author leaping and defying death with nothing but nimbleness and determination. [Italo Calvino] - 9GAG has the best funny pics, gifs, videos, gaming, anime, manga, movie, tv, cosplay, sport, food, memes, cute, fail, wtf photos on the internet! For instance, how are we to fully understand the world if we only have our own personal experience to draw on? Calvino illustrates this by drawing, among other metaphors, on the myth of Perseus who flies weightlessly with winged sandals while also relying on the decapitated Gorgon’s head, kept in a sack, to petrify his enemies and weigh them down once and for all. Edgar Morin on ‘Thinking Global’ (August 2017), Theodore Zeldin on ‘what is worth knowing?’ (August 2016). Calvino may be talking about language and writing, but what he has to say can also be applied to the way we think about the world more generally. ( Log Out / 

( Log Out /  Calvino found this scene beautiful because he appreciated the lightness of the graceful coral surrounding the heavy, monstrous head of the Gorgon. Perseus was a Greek hero that killed the Gorgon named Medusa. Lightness and weight may be opposites, but they are inseparable.

Calvino’s first quality is lightness. Calvino finishes his first memo by asserting that lightness is a precise and determined mood. Calvino sees such emergent properties as a “fine dust of atoms, like everything that goes to make up the ultimate substance of the multiplicity of things.” The parts may be light and invisible, but they are what makes up the all too weighty whole which we inhabit.
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The lightness in language that I cling to when thinking about Calvino’s quality is “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning” by John Donne. He explains that he is often concerned with subtracting weight from stories and language. Reading Calvino’s ‘Lightness’ reminds us of the value of letting go and ‘taking off’ as well as the need for strong foundations. Lightness: Italo Calvino’s hope for the future of literature. Calvino sees lightness on a scale: one end heavy and the other weightless. It is lightness which allows us to step up and take a sociological, political or planetary view. Change ), http://lit3400.wordpress.com/ This urge is what Calvino believed weights down writers. ( Log Out /  Change ). It allows us to reach beyond our first-hand experience, empathize with others, generalize and see our human experience at a wider, social or global level and even go beyond purely human concerns. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. 16-17). http://tfain.wordpress.com/, Lightness in E-lit: Dawn by Alan Sondheim. It is the author’s lightness of language that contradictorily dissolves the mass of the world into its most infinite and minute specks, while at the same time, enlightens the reader to the knowledge of the world that it is trying to dissolve. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. ( Log Out /  The Italian writer, Italo Calvino, was invited to give the Charles Eliot Norton lectures at Harvard University in 1985 but died before he was able to deliver them. Labors of Love Famous Writers' Sleep Habits vs. Within this thought there exists the paradigm of lightness for Calvino: it is in the lightness of thought that the heaviness of the world dissolves. Where there is light, there is also shadow; where there is lightness, there is also weight. http://2011nat.wordpress.com/ Death is the heaviest of human burdens to bear, but Donne’s poem dissolves that burden by shedding light on it. In praise of lightness – Calvino’s Leggerezza. Lightness of thought has benefits for all of us as we navigate the business of being human and living in the world. Tsitsi Dangarembga’s ‘Nervous Conditions’.

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