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 2010 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. From Choral Poetry to Tragic Stasimon: The Enactment of Women's Song.Claude Calame - forthcoming - Arion 3 (1).
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  11. Un Gesuita Inglese Poeta: Gerard Manley Hopkins.Benedetto Croce - forthcoming - Critica.
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  12. Literature of the New Deal.Arthur Feiler - forthcoming - Social Research.
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  13. The Art of Poetry: Notes for Aspiring Poets and Playwrights: To the Pisos.David Ferry - forthcoming - Arion.
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  14. Self and Circumstance: A Note on Wopko Jensma's Poetry.Michael Gardiner - forthcoming - Theoria.
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  15. 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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  16. "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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  17. Yeats, Frye, and the Meeting of Saint and Poet.Nicholas Meihuizen - forthcoming - Theoria.
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  18. How Literature Changes the Way We Think.Anders Pettersson - forthcoming - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
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  19. Archibald A. Hill.Non-Grammatical Prerequisites - forthcoming - Foundations of Language.
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  20. Listen to Me! The Moral Value of the Poetry Performance Space.Karen Simecek - forthcoming - 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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  21. 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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  22. Infidel Poetics: Riddles, Nightlife.Daniel Tiffany - forthcoming - Substance.
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  23. Bodenreform Und PoesieLand Reform and Poetry.Marcus Twellmann - forthcoming - Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft Und Geistesgeschichte.
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  24. La'barbarica Bellezza'di Gerard Manley Hopkins.Rosanna Zelocchi - forthcoming - Convivium: revista de filosofía.
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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. The Crack in the Voice" and "Joe Turner Blues.Jeanette Bicknell - 2020 - Philosophy and Literature 44 (2):435-448.
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  30. André Breton and Three Surrealist Poets.Willard Bohn - 2020 - Philosophy and Literature 44 (2):310-322.
  31. 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.
  32. 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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  33. Shakespeare’s Library: Unlocking the Greatest Mystery in Literature. By Stuart Kells. Pp. 322, Counterpoint, 2018, $26.00. [REVIEW]Andrea Campana - 2020 - Heythrop Journal 61 (3):536-536.
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  34. A Will to Believe: Shakespeare and Religion. By David Scott Kastan. Pp. 155, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014, $39.95. [REVIEW]Andrea Campana - 2020 - Heythrop Journal 61 (3):544-545.
  35. 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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  36. 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.
  37. How the Classics Made Shakespeare. By Jonathan Bate. Pp. Xiv, 361, Princeton University Press, 2019, $24.95.Andrea Campana - 2020 - Heythrop Journal 61 (3):532-535.
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  38. Shakespeare and the Resistance: The Earl of Southampton, the Essex Rebellion, and the Poems That Challenged Tudor Tyranny. By Clare Asquith. Pp. 288, PublicAffairs, 2019, $23.99. [REVIEW]Andrea Campana - 2020 - Heythrop Journal 61 (3):547-550.
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  39. The Philosopher’s English King: Shakespeare’s Henriad as Political Philosophy. By Leon Craig. Pp. 292, Boydell & Brewer and University of Rochester Press, 2015, $95.00. (Paperback, 2018, $34.95). [REVIEW]Andrea Campana - 2020 - Heythrop Journal 61 (3):550-556.
  40. Shakespeare’s First Folio: Four Centuries of an Iconic Book. By Emma Smith. Pp. 379, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016, $29.95. [REVIEW]Andrea Campana - 2020 - Heythrop Journal 61 (3):536-538.
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  41. "Can't Move 'Em with a Cold Thing Like Economics": On Pound's Cantos 18 and 19.Dongho Cha - 2020 - Philosophy and Literature 44 (2):486-491.
    Ezra Pound's Canto 18 begins with Kublai Khan, the first emperor of the Yuan Dynasty, who undertook and indeed had the power to complete the coining of money, that is, the establishment of a new currency system.1 Despite the use of the word "coin," the reason that Pound pays attention to such a historical figure as Kublai is that he was among the first to issue "paper" money; "They take bast of the mulberry-tree, / That is a skin between the (...)
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  42. Review of Agamben. [REVIEW]Subhasis Chattopadhyay - 2020 - Prabuddha Bharata or Awakened India 125 (6):517-19.
    Agamben is slowly entering the English academy. This review shows how Agamben's understanding of poetry can and should inform the eschatological nature of the lyric. The review does its cultural work by rethinking poetry and the poetic impulse. The book under review by Claire Colebrook and Jason Maxwell, prepare us for messianic times and shows how Agamben critiques the Spinozist-Marxist project. This book's weaknesses lie in Agamben's hubris in glibly going on to write on Hinduism. & Colebrook and Mason have (...)
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  43. Review of Poetry and the Religious Imagination: The Power of the Word. [REVIEW]Subhasis Chattopadhyay - 2020 - Prabuddha Bharata or Awakened India 125 (7):571-2.
    This review shows how during COVID 19, poetry and theology both can soothe us. The collection of essays in this anthology is wide ranging engaging with Dante; right up to Wallace Stevens and Denise Levertov. The reviewer thanks the Ramakrishna Mission for providing him with a hard copy of this book. In passing; in the spirit of IndianLivesMatter, one notes that Prabuddha Bharata has never missed an issue from 1896 till date. In his long stint as reviewer for the Ramakrishna (...)
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  44. Shakespeare’s Ovid and the Spectre of the Medieval. By Lindsay Ann Reid. Pp. Xiii, 267, Cambridge, D.S. Brewer, 2018, £60.00. [REVIEW]Michael J. Collins - 2020 - Heythrop Journal 61 (3):531-532.
  45. Religion Around John Donne (Religion Around, Vol 4.) By Joshua Eckhardt. Pp. Xii, 194, University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2019, $49.95. [REVIEW]Peter Davidson - 2020 - Heythrop Journal 61 (3):557-558.
    In this volume, Joshua Eckhardt examines the religious texts and books that surrounded the poems, sermons, and inscriptions of the early modern poet and preacher John Donne. Focusing on the material realities legible in manuscripts and Sammelbände, bookshops and private libraries, Eckhardt uncovers the myriad ways in which Donne’s writings were received and presented, first by his contemporaries, and later by subsequent readers of his work. Eckhardt sheds light on the religious writings with which Donne’s work was linked during its (...)
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  46. Análisis temático de Trilce (1922) de César Vallejo.Jesús Miguel Delgado Del Aguila - 2020 - Tierra Nuestra 14 (2):44-53.
    Trilce (1922) se ha caracterizado por contar con múltiples filiaciones artísticas propias de la vanguardia europea. Los estudios de la crítica literaria han permitido clasificar cuál es la procedencia de cada recurso estilístico que se usa para los poemas. Esta labor se ha realizado de forma independiente. Sin embargo, ha quedado inconcluso cuál es el soporte temático que rige la universalidad de su composición. En ese sentido, el objetivo de mi trabajo es orientar esos elementos externos hacia una lógica patrocinada (...)
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  47. Naming the Lyric: Literature Versus Philosophy in Plato's Symposium.Katherine Elkins - 2020 - Philosophy and Literature 44 (2):402-417.
  48. Symbolic Cognition in Poetic Experience: Re-Representing the Paraphrase Paradox.Sarah Feldman - 2020 - British Journal of Aesthetics 60 (3):283-298.
    This article considers an apparent tension between, on the one hand, a widespread belief among literature teachers that the appreciation of a poem involves an experience of form-content inseparability and, on the other hand, these same teachers’ use of paraphrase to encourage appreciation. Using Terrence Deacon’s model of art experience, I argue that the tensions of this ‘paraphrase paradox’ mirror tensions inherent in poetic experience. Section II draws upon work by Rafe McGregor, Peter Lamarque, and Peter Kivy to frame an (...)
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  49. Reason as the Death of Fathers: Plato's Sophist and the Ghost's Command in Hamlet.Erich Freiberger - 2020 - Philosophy and Literature 44 (2):272-297.
  50. Dante's Self-Angelizing: A Prophecy of Egalitarian Transhumanism.Joshua M. Hall - 2020 - Labyrinth: An International Journal for Philosophy, Value Theory and Sociocultural Hermeneutics 2 (22):139-155.
    In this article, I argue that Dante's philosophical goal is what I term "self-angelizing," an ennobling philosophical education granting one the knowledge and power of an angel, which the medieval scholastics conceived as celestial intelligences. Dante's own path to self-angelizing begins in his early New Life, which approaches a living Beatrice as exemplar of terrestrial angels. Next, Dante's middle-period Banquet discusses following Beatrice into self-angelizing through an education in philosophi-cal virtue. Finally, in his climactic Paradise, Dante performs his own self-angelizing. (...)
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