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 - 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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  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. Influencias multiliterarias de Trilce (1922) del poeta peruano César Vallejo.Jesús Miguel Delgado Del Aguila - forthcoming - Todas as Artes.
  16. Trascendencia del contenido emotivo de Escalas melografiadas (1922) de César Vallejo.Jesús Miguel Delgado Del Aguila - forthcoming - Cuadernos Fronterizos.
  17. Literature of the new deal.Arthur Feiler - forthcoming - Social Research: An International Quarterly.
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  18. The Art of Poetry: Notes for Aspiring Poets and Playwrights: To the Pisos.David Ferry - forthcoming - Arion.
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  19. Self and circumstance: A note on Wopko Jensma's poetry.Michael Gardiner - forthcoming - Theoria.
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  20. Opposite: Poems, Philosophy & Coffee. [REVIEW]John Gibson - forthcoming - British Journal of Aesthetics.
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  21. 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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  22. Native American “Absences”: Cherokee Culture and the Poetry of Philosophy.Joshua M. Hall - forthcoming - Global Conversations.
    In this essay, after a brief decolonial analysis of the concept of “poetry” in Indigenous communities, I will investigate the poetic-philosophical implications of Cherokee culture, more specifically the poetic essence of the Cherokee language, the poetic aspects of Cherokee myth (pre-history) and post-myth (history), and the poetic-philosophical powers of Cherokee ritual. My first section analyzes the poetic essence, structure, special features, and historical context of the Cherokee language, drawing on Ruth Holmes and Betty Sharp Smith’s language textbook, Beginning Cherokee. My (...)
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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. Yeats, Frye, and the meeting of saint and poet.Nicholas Meihuizen - forthcoming - Theoria.
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  25. How Literature Changes the Way We Think.Anders Pettersson - forthcoming - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
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  26. Archibald A. hill.Non-Grammatical Prerequisites - forthcoming - Foundations of Language.
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  27. 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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  28. Infidel Poetics: Riddles, Nightlife.Daniel Tiffany - forthcoming - Substance.
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  29. Bodenreform und PoesieLand Reform and Poetry.Marcus Twellmann - forthcoming - Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft Und Geistesgeschichte.
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  30. Transcendental Phenomenology Meets Negritude Poetry.Jonathan Webber - forthcoming - In T. Storm Heter & Kris Sealey (eds.), Creolizing Sartre. Rowman and Littlefield.
    In the opening lines of ‘Black Orpheus’, written as a preface to an anthology of negritude poetry, Sartre challenges white readers ‘to feel, as I do, the shock of being seen’. Reading this poetry, he thinks, should undermine white people’s presumption of the objectivity of their perspective. Accordingly, the essay itself contradicts two prominent aspects of the philosophy he had so far developed: the idea that poetry could not be politically engaged; and the theory of radical freedom. These changes are (...)
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  31. La'barbarica bellezza'di Gerard Manley Hopkins.Rosanna Zelocchi - forthcoming - Convivium: revista de filosofía.
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  32. 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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  33. 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.
  34. “La retórica contemporánea (la retórica de hoy) incluye muchas disciplinas que se han desarrollado en los siglos XX y XXI; entonces, es una especie de teoría de las teorías”. Entrevista a Stefano Arduini.Jesús Miguel Delgado Del Aguila - 2023 - Metáfora. Revista de Literatura y Análisis Del Discurso 5 (10):1-8.
    Stefano Arduini es catedrático de Lingüística en la Universidad de Roma Link Campus, donde es Presidente del Departamento de Licenciatura en Artes, Música y Artes Escénicas y Prorector para la Tercera Misión. Ha enseñado Lingüística General y Teoría de la Traducción en la Universidad de Urbino; Lingüística en la Universidad de Estudios Internacionales de Roma y en la Universidad de Módena; y Literatura Comparada en la Universidad de Alicante y en la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Desde 2005 es profesor honorario (...)
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  35. Painterly Aspirations in Poety.John Gibson - 2023 - In Noël Carroll & Jonathan Gilmore (eds.), The Routledge Companion to the Philosophies of Painting and Sculpture. New York: Routledge. pp. 247-56.
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  36. Astral legal justice: Between law’s poetry and justice’s dance.Joshua M. Hall - 2023 - South African Journal of Philosophy 42 (2):108-116.
    In this article, I build on my recent conceptions of law as poetry and of justice as dance by articulating three new conceptions of the relationship between law and justice. In the first, “poetry-based justice”, justice consists of a rigid choreography to a kind of musical recitation of the law’s poetry. In the second, “dancing-based law”, justice consists of spontaneous, freely improvised movement patterns that the poetry of the law tries to capture in a kind of musical notation. And in (...)
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  37. The Poetic as an Aesthetic Category.Uriah Kriegel - 2023 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 81 (1):46-56.
    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 is virtually nonexistent in the extant analytic literature. The aim of this article is to get a start on trying to come to grips with this phenomenon—the poetic as an (...)
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  38. Mental Imagery and Poetry.Michelle Liu - 2023 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 81 (1):24-34.
    Poetry evokes mental imagery in its readers. But how is mental imagery precisely related to poetry? This article 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 article 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 paraphrase, but (...)
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  39. A vida como jogo e a arte como ofício em Simônides e Nietzsche: a existência do risco na aparência.Gabriel Herkenhoff Coelho Moura - 2023 - O Que Nos Faz Pensar 30 (50):p. 38-66.
    Simônides de Ceos foi um poeta lírico grego cuja obra é marcada pela atenção à problemática da existência humana e cuja distinção é a visão do fazer poético como atividade propriamente humana. Nietzsche nutria grande admiração por Simônides desde o tempo de sua formação intelectual, como revela sua correspondência dos anos sessenta. Além disso, em seus cadernos e em dois aforismos de sua obra publicada, o filósofo apresenta interessantes reflexões sobre o poeta. Em uma delas, afirma que Simônides aconselhava os (...)
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  40. Philosophy of Lyric Voice: The cognitive value of page and performance poetry.Karen Simecek - 2023 - London: Bloomsbury Academic.
    -/- Carefully considering the difference in the philosophical potential of page poetry and performance poetry, Karen Simecek argues that it is only by considering them side by side that the unique cognitive value of each can be realised. -/- Focusing on spoken word poetry reveals the importance of voice and embodied words to the differing epistemic rewards of engaging with contemporary works of poetry in both private reading and live performance. This concept of embodied voice progresses a new line of (...)
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  41. Culture and Dialogue: The Tenth Anniversary.Gerald Cipriani - 2022 - Culture and Dialogue 10 (1):1-4.
  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. Análisis figurativo de tres poemas de Jorge Eduardo Eielson.Jesús Miguel Delgado Del Aguila - 2022 - Cuadernos de Investigación Filológica 52:3-25.
    Este artículo se enfoca en tres poemas del escritor peruano Jorge Eduardo Eielson. La adscripción conveniente para efectuarla se basa en las categorías fluctuadas de la retórica general textual, que ejercen una taxonomía que comprende múltiples figuras retóricas según coincidencias temáticas y axiomáticas. Para este caso, en una primera instancia, recurro al concepto de los campos figurativos, que desarrolla Stefano Arduini. Luego, retomo el paradigma de Pierre Fontanier en torno a la tipología de figuras. Para finiquitar, opto por la adquisición (...)
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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 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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  49. Ontolojik Yırtılma [Ontological Struggle] (Poetry Book).Serkan Can Hatıpoğlu - 2022 - Ankara: Liman Yayınevi.
    It is a poetry book including philosophical investigations.
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  50. THE PATH OF WISDOM - ALEXIS KARPOUZOS.Alexis Karpouzos & Αλέξης καρπούζος - 2022 - Athens: COSMIC SPIRIT.
    As with so many mystics, Alexis karpouzos intuitively know the oneness of cosmic creation and historic humanity as part of all that is and all there isn't. So, the originality of Alexis Karpouzos thought is that it crosses the most diverse fields, the most opposing philosophies, to unite them into an often contradictory and broken whole. Marx and Heidegger, Nietzsche, Freud and Heraclitus, poets and political theorists all come together in the same distance and the same unusual proximity. Alexis karpouzos (...)
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