A Compendious Syriac Dictionary by J. Payne Smith, Jessie Payne Smith

By J. Payne Smith, Jessie Payne Smith

During this significant reference device, Jessie Payne Smith has abridged the good two-volume paintings, 'Thesaurus Syriacus,' through her past due father. yet her job was once to not easily edit down the sooner, enormous tomes. She additionally supplied English translations for every access and extra notations. Her father's dictionary had translated every one Syriac note into Latin. The Latin translations made it extra across the world obtainable; yet with the decline of using Latin, it reduced in usefulness. Her labors have insured that it keeps to learn students and scholars of Syriac.

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But perhaps the most interesting part in view of Jakobson's future development is the motif of the telephone and telephone wires which introduces a reflection on words, and, in some sense, language. The details of this poem reveal some curious analogies. The phrase gnilýe gribý (rotten mushrooms) would seem to echo modrige < previous page page_19 next page > < previous page page_20 next page > Page 20 Pilze (moldy mushrooms) from "A Letter" by the Austrian author Hugo von Hofmannsthal. 21 In this prose Lord Chandos, the fictitious writer of the letter, makes a famous confession that also establishes a poetic link between rotten mushrooms and words: " .

And as to the human speck, I spit on it! (Jakobson 1985b: 3; Jakobson's own translation) Probably in the same year, 1914, and in any case not substantially earlier, poems came from Jakobson's pen that matched the programmatic desire for the revolt (RJP, box 31, folder 22): 19 Words' Farewell20 Throughout the Universe blows a dreadful draft Voids are piercing right through houses < previous page page_18 next page > < previous page page_19 next page > Page 19 My chateau is unstable, the foundations dangerous I shall not burst into the void for a while perhaps Like an empty dream of dissolute voids Houses arise like a crying cliff Houses loom among dull valleys And the city is dreamed as a lowering cloud The cloud is a lure, mist and water around Everywhere a little breeze And the wires have been stretched Hurriedly transmitting rumors to everyone The shade of a chalk-bodied telephone Has saved from the horror of tender urns Although the staid receiver is fiercer than a python But I hold on without hanging to the cord During the thrice-chime comes a thrice-long dream A glass of tea with a lemon in it I'm in the wings a dusty bush And suddenly the theater director proclaimed How come you're here, watch from a distance What's the point of creeping backstage Yes, it's good if there are wings They'll save, say nothing of the shame of voids But all the wings have been gnawed away by rats They are written about in Gogol's Inspectors Like a string of rotten mushrooms, Words are threaded on a wire While earlier the city hung on a firmament of words Like a curtain on a rod The overall mood is visibly dynamic, if not apocalyptic, and somewhat reminiscent of early German Expressionism.

Again, there are no explicitly political statements here, but the overall tone is one of assertion and loyalty to the upbeat revolutionary spirit. There are no hesitations, no doubt about the potency of the revolutionary cultureworkers listening to revolutionary poetry seems to be the right thing. And indeed, some 50 years later, back in Czechoslovakia, this time as a visitor from the United States, Jakobson was looking back at his coming to Prague in 1920 as a moment in his biography: . . when the revolutiona genuine and pure revolution thenbrought me as its diplomatic representative and faithful fighter to [Czechoslovakia].

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