Things Merely Are: Philosophy in the Poetry of Wallace Stevens

Things Merely Are: Philosophy in the Poetry of Wallace Stevens

Simon Critchley


This booklet is a call for participation to learn poetry. Simon Critchley argues that poetry enlarges existence with quite a number commentary, energy of expression and a spotlight to language that eclipses the other medium. In a wealthy engagement with the poetry of Wallace Stevens, Critchley unearths that poetry additionally includes deep and critical philosophical perception. specifically, he agues for a 'poetic epistemology' that permits us to imagine afresh the philosophical challenge of the relation among brain and global, and eventually to solid the matter away.

Drawing astutely on Kant, the German and English Romantics and Heidegger, Critchley argues that via its descriptions of specific issues and their obdurate plainness - no matter if water, guitars, bushes, or cats - poetry conjures up the 'mereness' of items. it really is this event, he indicates, that provokes the temper of calm and releases the ingenious perception we have to press again opposed to the strain of fact. Critchley additionally argues that this calm defines the cinematic eye of Terrence Malick, whose paintings is mentioned on the finish of the booklet.

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