Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Ideogramic Series Vol 1 - the Chinese Written Character

Just to follow up on my Comment...on the previous post by Fly Agaric 23

I have scanned the three sections of Chinese characters that do not seem to appear in the online PDF file that I found.

For Page 3: Moon Rays Like Pure Snow

For Page 4: Man Sees Horse

For page 18: Sun rises (in the ) East

Those would allow you to read the available text without frustration.

In the 1936 edition you get a brief Foreword by Ezra Pound. You also, delightfully, get some end notes - entitled WITH SOME NOTES by A VERY IGNORANT MAN. [Fenollosa left the notes unfinished; I am proceeding in ignorance and by conjecture. The primitive pictures were "squared" at a certain time. E.P.]
These consist of five plates of Chinese characters, with sample translations...


borsky said...

Might I add how the ideogram 'like' might come from the elephant…
Indeed it seems elephants were quite rare in china, but when they saw one it was usually very dead. So they had to imagine how such a gigantic animal would look like standing up, hence the concept of 'elephant' became a wordplay with similarities, comparisons - a symbol for symbols.
More on the academy at the following thread:

Bogus Magus said...

I hope you don't mind if I make it a direct link Borsky - I just figured out how to do it (a great thread deserves one single click)

Click here


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