To Calvino, exactitude means three things above all: a well-defined and well- calculated plan for the work; an evocation of clear, incisive, memorable visual. “To my mind exactitude means three things above all: 1. a well-defined and well- calculated plan for the work in question; 2. an evocation of. In the third memo of Calvino’s five, he describes the quality of exactitude. He explains it in having three main points: 1. A well-defined, well.

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Lets break down each meaning of the word as Calvino sees it. A cookie recipe has to be well-defined and well-calculated, if not, you will not have a tasty outcome. At the end of these ten years, the artist picks up his brush and, in an instant, with a single stroke, he draws a crab, the most perfect crab ever seen.

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Syllables can warp time, pronunciations matter, spaces shape tempo. The artist replies that he needs five years, a country house and twelve servants. Make your words precious. Each yacht and speedboat and dinghy lifts off the water so that before exactituds, the air is filled with the undersides of a thousand hulls. Calvino is explaining that literature needs to follow these three elements to be considered exact.

But to what extent are writers creating new images? Of course not every writer wants to be magical, but any writer who desires relevance should be able to show their readers that they have access to the magical.

Multiplicity works through the abiding of rules.


Like a sword of knowledge and enlightenment, cutting through the shackles of ignorance and nescience. It seeks to represent any and every area of knowledge — science, philosophy, politics, you name it — intertwining them all into narrative and setting. Exceptional writing renders visible that which tends to be neglected in our everyday relationship to reality. This is not about technology; it is far older. But since the human mind cannot conceive the infinite, and in fact falls back aghast at the very idea of it, it has to make do with what is indefinite, with sensations as they mingle together space, illusory but pleasurable all the same.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: To Calvino exactitude means three things:. Those parts are as follows: One of them being when Calvino discusses the Egyptians at the beginning of the memo. Emblem An object representing the entire scope of the memo. Notify me of new comments via email.

Calvino states crystals are the model of perfection and therefore a vision of exactitude. One can express the concept of infinity or vagueness with exactitude. Some of my favorite writing about Leopardi and his work comes from Calvino on page 63 of the Six Memos book. You are commenting using your WordPress. It is the cwlvino and excitement that comes from the vagueness that we anticipate.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Everything can be looked at from an infinite number of perspectives, with different logics and with fresh methods of cognition and verification. Create a free website or exadtitude at WordPress.

Graphics A visual representation of the e-lit example.


Six Memos for the Next Millennium review – Italo Calvino’s Harvard lectures

Like a system of poetry — a system that could be deemed artificial and mechanical — rules can produce inexhaustible freedom and wealth of invention. Vagueness carries with it positive attributes, but only in the hands of someone who masters exactitude.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Such ambition — or overambition — is central to literature, if we are to believe that writing is an attempt to represent the multiplicity of connections in the universe: You are commenting using your Facebook account.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter exxactitude comment here Writing has to aim high. Sam Cooney is a writer of fiction and nonfiction pieces that have been published around and thereabouts. Choosing the best word or sentence is not about being less verbose or the callvino flamboyant. He goes on to say, that even writing that appears to be vague is, in itself, a form of exactitude. In the boundless realm of literature there are always new avenues to be explored. Being concise is different to being precise.

He explains that for literature to be exact it must be well planned and thought-out, like the process of crystallizing. You are commenting using your WordPress.

But for the general reader and lover of literature it is rich and deeply satisfying — paradoxically so, given that it is so brief, and often so vague.