More Frank Samperi notes on poetics and the three volume work

1970 – 1972 notebook

Notes on three volume work.

The father’s first name in union with the mother’s last name engendered the son’s task before the world the father’s inner structure of the same totality as the mother’s but of different octaves
the mother’s revealing in reverse the father’s task whereas the father’s in sum the son’s destiny
the son remembering discovering the father in the doubling

The Quadrifariam means fourfold, but its meaning carries with it Aquinas’ sense of Augustine’s and both bearing upon Dante’s true spiritual refrain of the work. In other words, The Triune is the theme thruout the title presenting the paradox foundation yet boundaries released.

Reduction of the seven directions
opposites causation hierarchies
the heart the fourth itself fourfold
united to the three movements
circular straight spiral
the heart the fourth uninvolved
yet Spirit the spirit
integrity radiance harmony
the spiritual man
state before the mystery

Quadrifariam is definitely the new heaven and the earth: the fourfold resolves the conflicts of the seven directions which reappear in Spirit as the fourfold complement of the contemplative.

The fourfold resolves the seven directions which reappear in Spirit as the new heaven and the new earth the fourfold complement of the contemplative. (3/22/72)

                Lumen Gloriae fully realized today – 3/24/72

that brings to completion the fullness of the work – what was needed was the realization that came on
the 22nd – not arrogance to say that not since the Commedia has there been a work equally complete -
the analogy works because the work along the same lines – in fact, the 3 titles unifies title forgone the
true Dantesque interpretation, which if used would work wonders….By equally complete
I don’t mean as to characterization but as to Spiritual realization: the there planes have been fully
expressed – the fourfold complement of the contemplative brought to bear upon the Trinity the God
head, that is, establishment subsistence there without a doubt but hidden the numbers part of the
poem – both poems stir thruout wherever stressed: The Prefiguration Quadrifariam Lumen Gloriae is the truest reading of the Commedia.

          From the standpoint of the seven directions correspondences; but from the standpoint of the fourfold complement of the contemplative - union identity.
          The fourfold is not a geometrical figure, it is a state of meanings; therefore, the fourfold the contemplative The Trinity equals 10 the Spiritual structure: only aspectual if the geometrical the numerical remain in Spirit: if not, then the meaning is clear: release perfection.

          Should there still be despair at this stage of one’s life? If a man claims realization, then to admit defeat is to invalidate all his work. This would be true if he was writing autobiography; but since the opposite is the case, it’s just a question of going the way of the stage of vision.

          It is not wrong to speak openly of the angel as the presence at the moment of composition.

In my experience it has always been so. A radiance appears, the head becomes visional, that is, a fullness of effulgence takes place in such a way that the physical body is shed, the spiritual body as pure spirit, no where sensed except as the seer.


  1. "the the moment of composition".

    With enough of these we could begin a Dantesque or "other shore" or "lumen gloriae" poetics. Why not?

    Instead of the abject particling of Language poetry, with "spiritual body" unmercifully hacked to bits, why not a thorough grounding in principles of "effulgence" or "seer" prosody. Why not substitute an angel wing for iambic beat; set the "visional" as the purest caesural pause?

    Every well-crafted poem ought to release not so much meaning as perfection. After all, it has shed its own body.

    Why not?

  2. acause, Conrad ;

    nothing is perfect
    this is it !

    ir regardless of the punctuate caesurals/pauses ?

  3. Conrad and Ed,
    Good Stuff guys!
    For me my father's words were always about the absolute truth and perfection.
    The poetry and the mystery of life brings forth perfection that God speaks to us.

  4. I'd like to reflect on this "other shore" poetics idea a bit further, and will jot down a few (preliminary) proposals in my blog soon. I particularly like the "shed the body" strategy, reminiscent to me of something Milton said (along the same lines) in his "On Christian Doctrine"

    Wouldn't a poetic manifesto diametrically opposed to that of the Language crowd be interesting? Why not? Why do the "materialists", language cynics, the academics,etc. have to have the last word. What makes them so special?

  5. I agree. Looking forward to it.
    Thanks Conrad.


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