from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The imitative repetition of one's own movements, characteristic of a certain stage of childhood. See the extract.
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(In "Innocent," that prosecutor, now a judge, is charged yet again with the murder of someone close to him.) "I thought it would be self-imitation if, in 1988, I had written a sequel," he said, sipping from a large bottle of water in a midtown Starbucks.
It is poetry as facsimile, poetry as self-imitation, poetry as garbage in, garbage out.
Yes, the fractal school sparked artists for a while, but it depended on machines, and it, too, was sinking down into sterile self-imitation.
If it suggested that Mr. Braine had a commendable faith in the possibilities of his character Joe Lampton, it also implied that his novelistic talents, which had never struck one as particularly fertile, were being forced into the sad and dangerous course of self-imitation.
One of the worst fates that can befall a writer is that of self-imitation: the effort later in life, often desperate, to recapture the tones and themes of youthful beginnings.
It represents the high-water mark of his powers, and serves thereafter as an ideal pattern for his self-imitation.
No Line on the Horizon is U2 playing U2 too, only this time around the U2 self-imitation also encompasses the experimental version of the band heard on