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John Tranter’s 2012 Tapa Page —

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the poem twice, then attempt / to repeat what they heard. / By the end, we will have a / version of the entire poem, along / with commentary on it. / / [ black ink: ] JT: I recalled reading Dame Frances / Yates’s vast book on The Art of Memory / which began with Simonides of Cheos [ or Keos ] / (600 B.C.) and came more or less to / the present, and which included / ‘Ad Herrennium’, circa 86-82 BC, the / basic text of memorising by using / images and places: — [ horizontal black ink line ] [ purple ink: ] [ two vertical yellow ink lines to the left of the following paragraph ] the artificial memory is established / from places and images (Constat / igniter artificiosa memoir ex / locis et imaginibus), the /

The Art of Memory, Cambridge UP

The Art of Memory is a difficult and wonderful thing, and is likely to have been in use for thousands of years before the invention of writing in about 600 B.C. made it superfluous. It involves ancient civilizations, the Australian Aboriginal use of ‘songlines’, the neolithic construction of Stonehenge and other sites, and hundreds of other fascinating prehistoric sites and events. Australian Doctor Lynne Kelly is the world authority in this field, and her book for Cambridge University Press explores the field thoroughly. See this internet page and be amazed: http://www.lynnekelly.com.au/2015/06/cambridge-university-press-media-release/, and read this page and be stunned: http://www.lynnekelly.com.au/memory-experiments/.

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These are scans of pages of a Tapa Notebook, filled out by Australian poet John Tranter for the University of Auckland Library. It recounts his experiences in Auckland in March 2012 at the University’s symposium ‘Short Takes on Long Poems’. John has published an internet journal with similar material. This Notebook has the advantage of handwriting, doodles, decoupage and lots of colourful New Zealand stamps. Copyright Notice: Please respect the fact that all the material on this site is copyright © and the individual authors 2012 to 2016 et seq. It is made available here without charge for personal study and enjoyment by individuals only. It may not be stored, displayed, published, reproduced, or used for any other purpose.


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