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. Poetry and revolution in the Western European novel: Milan Kundera’s Life is Elsewhere.Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    There is a novel which presents a general scheme for the development of a poet but this paper presents a problem for it. The problem is: can a believer in the scheme both account for the universality of some poets and the association it makes between poetry and revolutions?
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  2. Rules, rhyme schemes, and the autonomy of the poet.Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    From an observation by the poet Paul Valéry, I argue that rhyme schemes, while constraining, also enable the poet to achieve autonomy from various surrounding influences, such as the domestic and the political. The demand to keep to the rhyme scheme takes priority, reducing the likelihood of these dominating.
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  3. Radikale Kreatürlichkeit. Zur Sphäre der erinnernden Körperlichkeit in Paul Celans Fadensonnen-Gedichten.Maximilian Runge -
    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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  4. 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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  5. Art, “Theory,” and Poetry.Paul Barolsky - unknown - Arion 7 (1).
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  6. The Art of Poetry: Notes for Aspiring Poets and Playwrights. Horace - unknown - Arion 7 (2).
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  7. Banishing The Poets.: Yun Lee Too, The Idea of Ancient Literary Criticism. [REVIEW]Charles Martindale - unknown - Arion 8 (3).
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  8. Blake. London.Peter Ackroyd - forthcoming - Minerva.
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  9. Análisis figurativo de tres poemas de Jorge Eduardo Eielson.Jesús Miguel Delgado Del Aguila - forthcoming - Cuadernos de Investigación Filológica.
  10. 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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  11. Spenser and the Ideal of the Gentleman.Leonard Rn Ashley - forthcoming - Bibliothèque d'Humanisme Et Renaissance.
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  12. Language, poetry and the rights of man.Da Beale - forthcoming - Theoria.
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  13. From Choral Poetry to Tragic Stasimon: The Enactment of Women's Song.Claude Calame - forthcoming - Arion 3 (1).
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  14. Un Gesuita Inglese Poeta: Gerard Manley Hopkins.Benedetto Croce - forthcoming - Critica.
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  15. Análisis figurativo de tres poemas de Jorge Eduardo Eielson.Jesús Miguel Delgado Del Aguila - forthcoming - Cuadernos de Investigación Filológica.
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  16. Influencias multiliterarias de Trilce (1922) del poeta peruano César Vallejo.Jesús Miguel Delgado Del Aguila - forthcoming - Todas as Artes.
  17. Trascendencia del contenido emotivo de Escalas melografiadas (1922) de César Vallejo.Jesús Miguel Delgado Del Aguila - forthcoming - Cuadernos Fronterizos.
  18. Literature of the new deal.Arthur Feiler - forthcoming - Social Research: An International Quarterly.
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  19. The Art of Poetry: Notes for Aspiring Poets and Playwrights: To the Pisos.David Ferry - forthcoming - Arion.
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  20. Self and circumstance: A note on Wopko Jensma's poetry.Michael Gardiner - forthcoming - Theoria.
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  21. Opposite: Poems, Philosophy & Coffee.John Gibson - forthcoming - British Journal of Aesthetics.
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  22. Virgil’s Feminist Counterforce: Juno’s Furor as Matter of Imperium's Unjust Forms.Joshua Hall - forthcoming - Journal of Aesthetic Education.
    In this article, I offer a new philosophical interpretation of Virgil’s Aeneid, dually centered on the queens of Olympus and Carthage. More specifically, I show how the philosopher-poet Virgil deploys Dido’s Junonian furor as the Aristotelian matter of the unjust Roman imperium, the feminist counterforce to the patriarchal force disguised as peaceful order. The first section explores Virgil’s political and biographical background for the raw materials for a feminist, anti-imperial political philosophy. The second section, following Marilynn Desmond, situates the continuing (...)
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  23. 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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  24. The Poetic as an Aesthetic Category.Uriah Kriegel - forthcoming - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism.
    Poems are not the only things we sometimes call poetic. We experience as poetic also prose passages, as well as films, music, visual art, and even occurrences in daily life. But what is it exactly for something to be poetic in this wider sense? Discussion of the poetic in this sense are virtually nonexistent in the extant analytic literature. The aim of this paper is to get a start on trying to come to grips with this phenomenon – the poetic (...)
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  25. Mental Imagery and Poetry.Michelle Liu - forthcoming - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism.
    Poetry evokes mental imagery in its readers. But how is mental imagery precisely related to poetry? This paper provides a systematic treatment. It clarifies two roles of mental imagery in relation to poetry – as an effect generated by poetry and as an efficient means for understanding and appreciating poetry. The paper also relates mental imagery to the discussion on the ‘heresy of paraphrase’. It argues against the orthodox view that the imagistic effects of poetry cannot be captured by prosaic (...)
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  26. Yeats, Frye, and the meeting of saint and poet.Nicholas Meihuizen - forthcoming - Theoria.
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  27. How Literature Changes the Way We Think.Anders Pettersson - forthcoming - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
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  28. Archibald A. hill.Non-Grammatical Prerequisites - forthcoming - Foundations of Language.
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  29. 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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  30. Infidel Poetics: Riddles, Nightlife.Daniel Tiffany - forthcoming - Substance.
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  31. Bodenreform und PoesieLand Reform and Poetry.Marcus Twellmann - forthcoming - Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft Und Geistesgeschichte.
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  32. La'barbarica bellezza'di Gerard Manley Hopkins.Rosanna Zelocchi - forthcoming - Convivium: revista de filosofía.
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  33. Depressing Goings-on in the House of Actuality: Philosophers and Poets Confront Larkin's 'Aubade'.Kathy Behrendt - 2023 - Partial Answers: Journal of Literature and History of Ideas 21 (1):133-151.
    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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  34. Entrevista a Cristhian Briceño Ángeles sobre los escritores y las editoriales.Jesús Miguel Delgado Del Aguila - 2023 - Argos. Revista Electrónica Semestral de Estudios y Creación Literaria 10 (25):167-172.
  35. Munguengue: o quilombo de minh’alma.Luiz Carlos Mariano Da Rosa - 2022 - São Paulo, SP, Brasil: PZP - Politikón Zôon Publicações.
    Convergindo para uma existência em si irredutível às condições histórico-culturais e aos seus limites, ao ser humano em sua infância enquanto arquétipo refém do sonho e senhor da solidão se impõe o devaneio que envolve o transcendente como telos em uma experiência de “iluminação” cujo caráter dizível, na rememoração enquanto vivência do fenômeno primordial, somente se torna possível nas fronteiras mítico-poéticas e na correspondência dialética envolvendo memória e imaginação em uma construção epistêmico-simbólico-existencial que encerra como fundamento a concepção baseada na (...)
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  36. 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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  37. La sociedad cotidiana por medio de los campos figurativos de La estación violenta (1958) de Octavio Paz.Jesús Miguel Delgado Del Aguila - 2022 - Pucara. Revista de Humanidades 1 (32):20-28.
    Este artículo tiene como propósito corroborar la cosmovisión de Octavio Paz, a partir de la inacción de la sociedad cotidiana, que es notoria en un fragmento del poema “Máscaras del alba” de La estación violenta (1958). Su crítica contra el sistema por la ausencia de compromiso social y político revela dos conceptos que fundamenta Mijaíl Bajtín en Estética de la creación verbal: su intencionalidad como autor y la expresión concomitante en función del género discursivo empleado. Para comprobar estas dos premisas, (...)
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  38. Art and the Working Class.Taylor R. Genovese & Alexander Bogdanov - 2022 - Iskra Books.
    Appearing for the first time in English, Art and the Working Class is the work of Alexander Bogdanov, a revolutionary polymath and co-founder, with Vladimir Lenin, of the Bolshevik faction of the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party. Bogdanov was a strong proponent of the arts, co-founding the Proletarian Culture (Proletkult) organization to provide political and artistic education to workers. In this book, Bogdanov discusses the origins of art, its class characteristics, and how it might be created within a revolutionary socialist (...)
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  39. Cultivating virtue through poetry: an exploration of the characterological features of poetry teaching.Kristian Guttesen & Kristján Kristjánsson - 2022 - Ethics and Education 17 (3):277-293.
    This paper explores the possibilities of using character education through poetry to cultivate virtue in a secondary-school context. It focuses on the philosophical assumptions behind the intervention development and some implications of the intervention. We explore character education and poetry teaching as a tool for moral reasoning through the means of the method of ‘poetic inquiry,’ drawing also on insights from Wittgenstein. Character education and ‘poetic inquiry’ share similar goals, but are not harmonious as far as theory and methodology goes. (...)
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  40. The Self-Swarm of Artemis: Emily Dickinson as Bee/Hive/Queen.Joshua M. Hall - 2022 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 58 (2):167-187.
    Despite the ubiquity of bees in Dickinson’s work, most interpreters denigrate her nature poems. But following several recent scholars, I identify Nietzschean/Dionysian overtones in the bee poems and suggest the figure of bees/hive/queen illuminates as feminist key to her corpus. First, (a) the bee’s sting represents martyred death; (b) its gold, immortality; (c) its tongue, the “lesbian phallus”; (d) its wings, poetic power; (e) its buzz, poetic melody, and (f) its organism, a joyful Dionysian Susan (her sister-in-law and love interest) (...)
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  41. The Meaning of the Liar Paradox in Randall Jarrell's "Eighth Air Force".Richard McDonough - 2022 - Philosophy and Literature 46 (1):195-207.
    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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  42. Poetic Perlocutions: Poetry after Cavell after Austin.Philip Mills - 2022 - Philosophical Investigations 45 (3):357-372.
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  43. A Poetic Philosophy of Language: Nietzsche and Wittgenstein’s Expressivism.Philip Mills - 2022 - London: Bloomsbury.
    Connecting poetry and philosophy of language, Philip Mills bridges the continental and analytical divide by bringing together the writings of Nietzsche and Wittgenstein. Through an expressivist philosophy of poetry, he argues that we can understand some of the core questions in the philosophy of language. Mills highlights the continuity of poetic language with ordinary language, and positions Nietzsche and Wittgenstein's thinking as the clearest way to expand the philosophy of poetry. By tracing the expressivist tradition of philosophy of language, this (...)
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  44. The Poem as Icon: A Study in Aesthetic Cognition. [REVIEW]Karen Simecek - 2022 - British Journal of Aesthetics 62 (1):146-149.
    The Poem as Icon: A Study in Aesthetic Cognition FREEMANMARGARET H.oup. 2020. pp. 216. £64.00.
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  45. Linking perspectives: A role for poetry in philosophical inquiry.Karen Simecek - 2022 - Metaphilosophy 53 (2-3):305-318.
    There is a long-standing debate about whether poetry can make a substantive contribution to philosophy with compelling arguments to show that poetry and philosophy involve distinct modes of thought and aims, albeit with similar concerns. This paper argues that reading lyric poetry can play a substantive role in philosophy by helping the philosopher understand how to forge connections with the perspectives of others. The paper takes the view that poetry is not directly philosophical but can play an important role in (...)
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  46. Poetry and Survival.Timothy Stock - 2022 - Philosophy Today.
    I propose a critique of Heidegger’s poetics, and show that poetic critique of Heidegger is also philosophical critique on Lévinasian lines. I identify an obsessional erasure of absence in Heidegger’s poetics, a neglect of the immemorial other. Lévinas frames this critique through Valéry’s Eupalinos, a dialogue of an immemorial Socrates, in Limbo after his own death, praising architecture over his own, lost, philosophy. Separating poetics from ontology, Lévinas’s immemorial acknowledges irrecuperable traces, murmurs, or echoes of alterity; poetry, as commemoration, marks (...)
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  47. The Soundscape of the Huainanzi 淮南子: Poetry, Performance, Philosophy, and Praxis in Early China.Peter Tsung Kei Wong - 2022 - Early China 45:515-539.
    This article proposes that oral performance could be a philosophical activity in early China. The focus is on the Huainanzi, a densely rhymed philosophical treatise compiled by Liu An in the second century b.c.e. I show that the tome contains various sound-correlated poetic forms that are intended not only to enable textual performance but also, by means of aural mimesis, to encourage the intuitive understanding of its philosophical messages. Thus scholars of ancient poetry, philosophy, or intellectual history, despite being habituated (...)
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  48. 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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  49. 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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  50. Entrevista al doctor Camilo Fernández Cozman, miembro de la Academia Peruana de la Lengua.Jesús Miguel Delgado Del Aguila - 2021 - Revista Crítica Cultural 16 (2):235-245.
    La entrevista al doctor Camilo Fernández Cozman se realizó el 19 de julio de 2021, a 9 días del 28 de julio, fecha en la que se conmemora la Independencia del Perú.
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