POETRY: Social Virtues and Illuminations, by Simón Rodriguez

Translated by Mónica de la Torre

SHAPE given to DISCOURSE

Elementary ideasinto Paradigm
Painting
Thoughtsinto Synopsis

The TONGUEandtheHAND

are humanity’s most precious gifts
(notes Buffon)

Hereby understood with regard to the
INTENTION TO INSTRUCT

It concerns not the Importance of the Word
for
none knows it

The Importance of its PAINTING
is well-known by a few
most. . . don’t even think of it

nonetheless

One can PAINT without SPEAKING
but not SPEAK without PAINTING

GESTURES are a SKETCH

of what the hand for a lack of means
cannot draworof time

GESTURING is painting IN THE AIR

in spoken discourseconnection of ideas
asand
in the written oneconnection of Thoughts

The connection of Ideas is presented in a PARADIGM
Thatof thoughtsin SYNOPSIS

PARADIGM is. . .

ideas compared so as to
a model of
make their connection felt

SYNOPSIS is. . .

that in which one sees, at a blow,
a paintingthe connection between several ideas
forming a thought or many

A proposition compounded
by other Propositions is a GENERAL IDEA
taken from the elements

of many other divisions
called PARAGRAPHS
Their formula consists of how many Elementary Propositions
are included in the General Idea

in Sum

a SYNOPSIS is a compound of PARADIGMS

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