Sunday, November 21, 2004

Background on Velimir Khlebnikov

  • Khlebnikov lived from 1885- 1922
  • 1912 was the year of the futurists, who focused on remnant poetic language
  • Zaum- in Russian means beyond sense/rationality
  • Shklousky, another Russian poet, was a formalist
  • Khlebnikov died before he was 40, didnt care for himself b/c all he did was write-- he died of syphillis and bad nutrition because he practically starved himself.
  • There is a theory that many great artists and writers had syphillis, which causes dementia-- including Oscar Wilde and Nietsche

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