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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Titular Poetry


It's amazing how beautiful a title can be. At their best, titles can be works of art in their own right.

My favorite examples in music are the magnificent titles used by the Cocteau Twins, which all seem taken from a fever dream haunted by Finnegans Wake. For example, the track titles in their 1985 EP Echoes in a Shallow Bay collectively evoke a constellation of images concerning Lepidoptera - the order of insects which includes butterflies and moths: "The Great Spangled Fritillary," "Melonella," "Eggs and Their Shells" and "Pale Yellow White."

Other nice musical examples:

*Natural Snow Buildings - "All Animals in the Form of Water"

*Nurse With Wound - "Chance Meeting on a Dissecting Table of a Sewing Machine and an Umbrella," (stolen from Lautreamont, of course).

A couple of examples from literature:

*Italo Calvino's If on a winter's night a traveller...

*China Mieville's The City and the City

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