Tender Buttons Resonse

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Alex Rubi Creative Writing 012 Paolo Javier Response Paper 10th April 2008 Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein Gertrude Stein’s collection of prose pieces entitled Tender Buttons, wasn’t necessarily a hard read, but it was difficult to grasp meaning at points. This is why I find it a bit difficult to make comment on the actual context however it was quite interesting. One thing that is noteworthy about the book is the fact that a number of her prose pieces read like list poems. On page thirteen we find A Waist which opens in said manner; “A star glide, a single frantic sullenness, a single financial grass greediness” (pg 13). This is an interesting approach. The book is, put simply, a compilation of descriptions of things
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Unformatted text preview: found in a room. Through the approach of listing, Stein seems to create a picture which calls for a deeper level of subjectivity. Take A Petticoat for example, which says “A light white, a disgrace, an ink spot, a rosy charm”. In a sense, Stein’s work reminds me of an ideology pertaining to the essence of photography, where a picture, once taken, is no longer a photograph but simply the image it represents. Stein’s objects presented in the title become something more through this listing, they create a meaning in which there is a world super ceding the boundaries of the words. What those meaning actually are I’m sure I’ll come closer to understanding after a closer a reading!...
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '07 term at Rutgers.

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