Formula for vertical ensembling

Ensembling according Körner means intensive reading, dismantling metaphors, phrases and words and reassembling all to new meaning.

Körner distinguishes between horizontal and vertical assembly. For the vertical assembly he finds the formula: a-f-t-org-ord-r / sv or bwz: act fact tendency organization order result SV Seinssachverhalt or BWZ status of Consciousness. This formula specifies the ratio of one card file to one or more other cards. Act (as a point of space) is the elementary particle of the ensemble, with fact the relation of several acts to each other is described, wihich shows their trend. The tendency organizes several facts to each other, ultimately they are in order. Körner himself gives practical literary examples for the application of the formula in the Fragment of the Book Fourth Box, where he noted his reading findings on Shakespeare’s Richard III, i.e. on index card 0940:

Further examples you can find in the Fragment of the Book Fourth Box.

Reading with System

In the novel The Land of all Evil reading is a process and means first dissecting sentences and metaphers to words and then reintegrating the words into (new) relationships. Reading can follow a system, too. Körner gives a very good example in his reading notes of Shakespeares Richard III in the Fragment of the Book Fourth Box.

The reader should intensively and deliberately read the text material “in mental and physical activity”. To read physically means to perceive each sentence, each word individually, without regard to grammar, punctuation, structure, i.e. to break every sentence into words, metaphors into its individual components. To read mentally means to reload the gained individual parts with meaning and to reassemble them in the right proportion (for the text created by the reader). Körner understands this intensive reading activity as “ensembling”. At the same time, the reader should follow his own ideas, e.g. arrange the material anew, experimentally.

If you want to follow Körners reading system for his Shakespeare findings you might click the following link: Reading system for Shakespeares Richard III