Poetry

Edited by Karen Simecek (University of Warwick)
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Key works Two recent collections of essays on the philosophy of poetry Gibson 2015 and French et al 2009 provide an excellent entry point into this field of study, with essays by key philosophers on poetry such as P Lamarque, A.C. Soy Ribeiro, J. Koethe and R. Eldridge. See also Critchley 2005 for a good example of philosophical inquiry focused on a particular poet and his works.
Introductions For a good introduction to the philosophy of poetry, see Gibson 2015 and Ribeiro's entry on Poetry in The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Literature Carroll & Gibson 2015. For an overview of current debates see Simecek 2019
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  1. Radikale Kreatürlichkeit. Zur Sphäre der erinnernden Körperlichkeit in Paul Celans Fadensonnen-Gedichten.Maximilian Runge - manuscript
    In his 1968 poetry collection „Fadensonnen“, Paul Celan offers a hermetic blend of existentialism and mysticism, which is unusual in two respects. Firstly, the European philosophy of existence, especially with its proponents Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus and Martin Heidegger, had gone to great lengths to criticize and delegitimize the Abrahametic religions, for the concept of god seemed to be an obstacle to humanity in pursuit of its own humanization. Secondly, in the aftermath of the holocaust, the idea of man wanting (...)
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  2. Poetry's Secret Truth.Mark F. Sharlow - manuscript
    Poetry, it is said, can reveal truth. Yet despite the best efforts of philosophers and poets to describe this truth, very few understand what kinds of truth poetry can convey.* One fact seems clear: only a few of the truths of poetry can be captured equally well in prose. Poetry also conveys truths of a different kind — truths that seem to exist on a level entirely different level from that of ordinary, factual truth. Some poems try to teach moral (...)
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  3. Art, “Theory,” and Poetry.Paul Barolsky - unknown - Arion 7 (1).
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  4. The Art of Poetry: Notes for Aspiring Poets and Playwrights. Horace - unknown - Arion 7 (2).
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  5. Banishing The Poets.: Yun Lee Too, The Idea of Ancient Literary Criticism. [REVIEW]Charles Martindale - unknown - Arion 8 (3).
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  6. Blake. London.Peter Ackroyd - forthcoming - Minerva.
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  7. The Poetics of the Silent Language.Radhouan Ben Amara - forthcoming - ACME: Annali della Facoltà di lettere e filosofia dell'Università degli studi di Milano.
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  8. Spenser and the Ideal of the Gentleman.Leonard Rn Ashley - forthcoming - Bibliothèque d'Humanisme Et Renaissance.
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  9. Language, Poetry and the Rights of Man.Da Beale - forthcoming - Theoria.
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  10. Depressing Goings-on in the House of Actuality: Philosophers and Poets Confront Larkin's 'Aubade'.Kathy Behrendt - forthcoming - Partial Answers: Journal of Literature and History of Ideas.
    Philip Larkin’s poem “Aubade” tackles the subject of mortality with technical facility and unsparing candour. It has a reputation for profoundly affecting its readers. Yet poets Seamus Heaney and Czeslaw Milosz think “Aubade” is bad for us and for poetry: it lures us into the underworld and traps us there, and betrays poetry’s purpose by transcribing rather than transforming the depressing facts of reality. Philosophers, however, quite like it. “Aubade” crops up repeatedly in contemporary philosophy of death. I examine the (...)
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  11. From Choral Poetry to Tragic Stasimon: The Enactment of Women's Song.Claude Calame - forthcoming - Arion 3 (1).
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  12. Un Gesuita Inglese Poeta: Gerard Manley Hopkins.Benedetto Croce - forthcoming - Critica.
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  13. Literature of the New Deal.Arthur Feiler - forthcoming - Social Research: An International Quarterly.
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  14. The Art of Poetry: Notes for Aspiring Poets and Playwrights: To the Pisos.David Ferry - forthcoming - Arion.
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  15. Self and Circumstance: A Note on Wopko Jensma's Poetry.Michael Gardiner - forthcoming - Theoria.
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  16. Opposite: Poems, Philosophy & Coffee.John Gibson - forthcoming - British Journal of Aesthetics.
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  17. The City and the Country: Books VII and VIII of Wordsworth's'the Prelude'.Francois Hugo & F. J. Hugo - forthcoming - Theoria.
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  18. "The Meaning of the Liar Paradox in Randall Jarrell's 'Eighth Air Force'".Richard Michael McDonough - forthcoming - Philosophy and Literature 43.
    Do logical paradoxes, like Eubulides’s Liar Paradox (the claim that the sentence “I am now lying” is true if and only if it is false), have any “existential” significance or are they mere brain puzzles for the mathematically minded? The paper argues that Randall Jarrell’s poem, “Eighth Air Force”, contains a poetic use of Eubulides’ Liar Paradox, spoken by Pontius Pilate’s wife in her statements about the “murder” of Jesus, in order to capture, symbolically, the inherent universal duplicity (inauthenticity) of (...)
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  19. Yeats, Frye, and the Meeting of Saint and Poet.Nicholas Meihuizen - forthcoming - Theoria.
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  20. Poetic Perlocutions: Poetry After Cavell After Austin.Philip Mills - forthcoming - Philosophical Investigations.
    Philosophical Investigations, EarlyView.
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  21. How Literature Changes the Way We Think.Anders Pettersson - forthcoming - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
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  22. Archibald A. Hill.Non-Grammatical Prerequisites - forthcoming - Foundations of Language.
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  23. The Poem as Icon: A Study in Aesthetic Cognition. [REVIEW]Karen Simecek - forthcoming - British Journal of Aesthetics:ayab008.
    The Poem as Icon: A Study in Aesthetic Cognition FREEMANMARGARET H.oup. 2020. pp. 216. £64.00.
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  24. Editorial: On the Third Realm. Albert William Levi (1911-1988): The Humanistic Quest for Value.Ralph A. Smith - forthcoming - Journal of Aesthetic Education.
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  25. Infidel Poetics: Riddles, Nightlife.Daniel Tiffany - forthcoming - Substance.
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  26. Bodenreform Und PoesieLand Reform and Poetry.Marcus Twellmann - forthcoming - Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft Und Geistesgeschichte.
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  27. La'barbarica Bellezza'di Gerard Manley Hopkins.Rosanna Zelocchi - forthcoming - Convivium: revista de filosofía.
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  28. Enseñanza de la Literatura española en contextos universitarios peruanos. Entrevista a María Luisa Roel Mendizabal.Jesús Miguel Delgado Del Aguila - 2022 - Estudios Λambda. Teoría y Práctica de la Didáctica En Lengua y Literatura 7 (1):1-5.
    Esta entrevista retoma la experiencia de enseñanza de la profesora María Luisa Roel en función de la producción literaria de España. El objetivo es interiorizar sobre cómo esta se ha transferido en el ámbito de educación universitaria. A partir de la trayectoria de la docente, se brinda un panorama de cómo los estudiantes de la carrera profesional de Literatura acatan el conocimiento y la lectura de autores españoles, como Miguel de Cervantes. De igual forma, se mencionan dos momentos históricos en (...)
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  29. Elizabeth Bartlett and Paul Alexander Bartlett: Two Portraits.Steven James Bartlett - 2021 - Willamette University Faculty Research Website.
    The author shares philosophical and biographical reflections, accompanied by photographs, on the lives of his well-known literary parents, poet Elizabeth Bartlett and writer/artist Paul Alexander Bartlett.
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  30. Poetry and the Possibility of Paraphrase.Gregory Currie & Jacopo Frascaroli - 2021 - The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 79 (4):428-439.
    Why is there a long-standing debate about paraphrase in poetry? Everyone agrees that paraphrase can be useful; everyone agrees that paraphrase is no substitute for the poem itself. What is there to disagree about? Perhaps this: whether paraphrase can specify everything that counts as a contribution to the meaning of a poem. There are, we say, two ways to take the question; on one way of taking it, the answer is that paraphrase cannot. Does this entail that there is meaning (...)
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  31. Campo retórico de La estación violenta de Octavio Paz.Jesús Miguel Delgado Del Aguila - 2021 - Poéticas. Revista de Estudios Literarios 5 (13):53-75.
    Este artículo desarrolla el postulado teórico del italiano Stefano Arduini, denominado campo retórico, que se basa en la construcción discursiva de los referentes que sirvieron como contexto para influir directamente en la configuración de la obra de un escritor. Esos vínculos se rigen por la historia, la sociedad, las manifestaciones artísticas y literarias, junto con la intervención coetánea de otros autores con propósitos afines. En esta oportunidad, me enfoco en fundamentar los nexos que permitieron la publicación de La estación violenta (...)
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  32. Construcción teórica del campo figurativo para el análisis lírico.Jesús Miguel Delgado Del Aguila - 2021 - Colloquia. Revista de Pensamiento y Cultura 8 (8):112-122.
    Durante años, el estudio de la retórica ha incluido figuras que permiten el análisis de la poesía, como también, la creación diversificada según los múltiples estilos. Al respecto, en este artículo, se extraerá la propuesta fundamentada por Stefano Arduini, quien establece la noción de campo figurativo, como un ordenador de lineamientos subjetivos, propios del raciocinio, de la que se infieren seis subclasificaciones: la metáfora, la metonimia, la sinécdoque, la elipsis, la antítesis y la redundancia, además de los tropos internos que (...)
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  33. Clasificación semántica, hermenéutica y teórica de Trilce (1922). Estudios críticos tras su lectura.Jesús Miguel Delgado Del Aguila - 2021 - Artifara. Revista de Lenguas y Literaturas Ibéricas y Latinoamericanas 1 (21):107-120.
    El poemario Trilce (1922), caracterizado por su vanguardismo, innovó por medio de transgresiones de lo tradicional, propicias por significaciones irracionales y formalismos poco comunes. Desde allí, la literatura se ha desarrollado exponencialmente y la exégesis literaria ha obtenido propuestas teóricas que garantizan la calidad de sus interpretaciones discursivas. Al respecto, he efectuado una clasificación bibliográfica de los temas frecuentes del estado de la cuestión. Opto por el análisis semántico, junto con la hermenéutica y la teoría consolidadas en el texto. El (...)
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  34. Estratificación violenta en los personajes de La ciudad y los perros.Jesús Miguel Delgado Del Aguila - 2021 - Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades 8 (2):1-13.
    Este artículo examina La ciudad y los perros (1963) de Mario Vargas Llosa para fundamentar cómo se logra la estratificación teórica de estilos y técnicas que se emplean para abordar la violencia en el texto. Sobre la epistemología, recurre principalmente a Todorov, Hamburger, Lotman y Genette. Y, para argumentar la manifestación de la violencia, considera las eventualidades que padecen los personajes del Colegio Militar Leoncio Prado; en especial, el Jaguar, el Poeta y el Esclavo. Esas acciones serán justificadas por la (...)
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  35. Formación en Escritura Creativa para un desenvolvimiento como crítico, narrador y educador. Entrevista a Ángel Misari.Jesús Miguel Delgado Del Aguila - 2021 - Plurentes. Artes y Letras 12 (12):1-4.
    En este trabajo, se realizó una entrevista al docente Ángel Misari, quien explica cómo aplica sus conocimientos adquiridos en la Maestría en Escritura Creativa que hizo en la Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. Su intervención es de utilidad, ya que profundizará en la transferencia oportuna de ese saber en tres ámbitos: en su función como crítico de la producción artística, en su interés ficcional en la parte creativa y en la educación con estudiantes. En suma, la experiencia que manifiesta (...)
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  36. The Fine-Grainedness of Poetry: A New Argument Against the Received View.Daniela Glavaničová & Miloš Kosterec - 2021 - Analysis 81 (2):224-231.
    This paper formulates a new argument against the received view in the philosophy of poetry. The received view consists of three tenets: the unity of poetic form and poetic content; the impossibility of paraphrasing and translating poetry; and the hyperintensionality of poetry. We will explore the same detour via direct quotation that has been used by proponents of the received view. We will argue that the hyperintensionality and unity of quotation do not guarantee its untranslatability, and thus that the inference (...)
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  37. Lyric Self-Expression.Hannah H. Kim & John Gibson - 2021 - In Sonia Sedivy (ed.), Art, Representation and Make-Believe: The Philosophy of Kendall Walton.
    Philosophers ask just whose expression, if anyone’s, we hear in lyric poetry. Walton provides a novel possibility: it’s the reader who “uses” the poem (just as a speech giver uses a speech) who makes the language expressive. But worries arise once we consider poems in particular social or political settings, those which require a strong self-other distinction, or those with expressions that should not be disassociated from the subjects whose experience they draw from. One way to meet this challenge is (...)
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  38. Lyric Self-Fashioning: Sonnet 35 as Formal Model.Joshua Landy - 2021 - Philosophy and Literature 45 (1):224-248.
    Each of us is not just a set of actions, experiences, and plans but also a set of traits, capacities, and attitudes; we are as much our character as our life. And while story form can help unify a messy life, when it comes to a messy character, we may need something like the form of a poem. Could we model our self-conception, then, on a work like Sonnet 35? In finding deep-going unity—and even bittersweet beauty—beneath surface-level ambivalence, Sonnet 35 (...)
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  39. Doing Things with Words: The Transformative Force of Poetry.Philip Mills - 2021 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 21 (1):111-133.
    Against the apparent casting away of poetry from contemporary philosophy of language and aesthetics which has left poetry forceless, I argue that poetry has a linguistic, philosophical, and even political force. Against the idea that literature (as novel) can teach us facts about the world, I argue that the force of literature (as poetry) resides in its capacity to change our ways of seeing. First, I contest views which consider poetry forceless by discussing Austin’s and Sartre’s views. Second, I explore (...)
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  40. "A. I. Richards": Can Artificial Intelligence Appreciate Poetry?Jon Phelan - 2021 - Philosophy and Literature 45 (1):71-87.
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  41. Analytic Philosophy, the Ancient Philosopher Poets and the Poetics of Analytic Philosophy.Catherine Rowett - 2021 - Rhizomata 8 (2):158-182.
    The paper starts with reflections on Plato’s critique of the poets and the preference many express for Aristotle’s view of poetry. The second part of the paper takes a case study of analytic treatments of ancient philosophy, including the ancient philosopher poets, to examine the poetics of analytic philosophy, diagnosing a preference in Analytic philosophy for a clean non-poetic style of presentation, and then develops this in considering how well historians of philosophy in the Analytic tradition can accommodate the contributions (...)
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  42. Listen to Me! The Moral Value of the Poetry Performance Space.Karen Simecek - 2021 - In Lucy English & Jack McGowan (eds.), Spoken Word in the UK. Routledge.
    Performance is increasingly important to the poet, which is evidenced by the growing numbers of videos and audio recordings online including YouTube, the National Poetry library, and Poetry Archive. As a result, there are greater opportunities to engage with poets reading their own work and consequently, there is a need to move away from thinking of poetry as primary something that takes shape on the page. Furthermore, by refocusing attention to poetry as an oral artform, in particular to poetry performance, (...)
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  43. Loneliness, Love, and the Limits of Language.Ruth Rebecca Tietjen & Rick Anthony Furtak - 2021 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 59 (3):435-459.
    In this article, we illuminate the affective phenomenon of loneliness by exploring the question of how it relates to love and other forms of friendship. We reflect in particular on the question of how different forms of loneliness are relevant to human existence. Distinguishing three forms of loneliness, we first introduce two border cases of loneliness: unfelt loneliness in which one’s individuality is denied and one therefore cannot feel lonely; and existential loneliness in which the possibility of intimacy and existential (...)
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  44. The Failure of the Sacraments in Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner.Joshua Avery - 2020 - Renascence 72 (2):87-98.
    This essay argues that Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner represents in its imagery a tension within Coleridge prior to his conversion to Anglicanism. Specifically, the poem’s treatment of institutional sacraments argues for their apparent inefficacy, at least from the Mariner’s vantage point. The sacramental idea upheld by a High Church view would suggest that particular earthly institutions, such as Holy Communion or matrimony, could function as actual and not merely symbolic vehicles of divine grace. The Rime, however, displays a (...)
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  45. Chthonic Restitutions: Madness and Oblivion.Javier Berzal de Dios - 2020 - Substance 49 (3):3-18.
    Abstract. This essay theorizes madness as a chthonic emplacement to dishevel existentially insufficient and detached interpretations of disorder. Reflecting on Nietzsche’s emphasis on poetry over systematic thought, I take up Lorca and Baudelaire’s visceral language on death and the earthly to revisit chthonic myths as expressing an underworld uncontrollable sphere beyond systematicity. Written from the phenomenologically precarious position of my own mental illness, this essay develops a sincere rhetoric to approach the chthonic from within rather than at sterilized distance. This (...)
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  46. André Breton and Three Surrealist Poets.Willard Bohn - 2020 - Philosophy and Literature 44 (2):310-322.
  47. God’s Spies: Michelangelo, Shakespeare and Other Poets of Vision. By Paul Murray O.P. Pp. Ix, 178, London, T&T Clark, 2019, £30.91. [REVIEW]Francesca Bugliani Knox - 2020 - Heythrop Journal 61 (3):556-557.
  48. Poetry and Theology in the Modernist Period. By Anthony Domestico. Pp. X, 168, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017, $26.57. [REVIEW]Francesca Bugliani Knox - 2020 - Heythrop Journal 61 (3):574-575.
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  49. Shakespeare on the Record: Researching an Early Modern Life. Edited by Hannah Leah Crummé. Pp. 264, The Arden Shakespeare, 2019, $110 Hardback; EPUB Ebook, $99; PDF Ebook, $99. [REVIEW]Andrea Campana - 2020 - Heythrop Journal 61 (3):541-543.
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  50. Shakespeare and the Fall of the Roman Empire: Selfhood, Stoicism and Civil War. By Patrick Gray. Pp. Xii, 308, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2019, £80.00. [REVIEW]Andrea Campana - 2020 - Heythrop Journal 61 (3):546-546.
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