The End of the Poem: Studies in Poetics (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics Series)

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This book, by one of Italy's most important and original contemporary philosophers, represents a broad, general, and ambitious undertaking - nothing less than an attempt to rethink the nature of poetic language and to rearticulate relationships among theology, poetry, and philosophy in a tradition of literature initiated by Dante. The book opens with a discussion of just how Dante's poem is a "comedy," and it concludes with a discussion of the "ends of poetry" in a variety of senses: enjambment at the ends of ...
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Overview

This book, by one of Italy's most important and original contemporary philosophers, represents a broad, general, and ambitious undertaking - nothing less than an attempt to rethink the nature of poetic language and to rearticulate relationships among theology, poetry, and philosophy in a tradition of literature initiated by Dante. The book opens with a discussion of just how Dante's poem is a "comedy," and it concludes with a discussion of the "ends of poetry" in a variety of senses: enjambment at the ends of lines, the concluding lines of poems, and the end of poetry as a mode of writing this sort of literature. Of course, to have poetry "end" does not mean that people stop writing it, but that literature passes into a period in which it is concerned with its own ending, with its own bounds and limits, historical and otherwise. Though most of the essays make specific reference to various authors of the Italian literary tradition (including Dante, Polifilo, Pascoli, Delfini, and Caproni), they transcend the confines of Italian literature and engage several other literary and philosophical authors (Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, Boethius, the Provencal poets, Mallarme, and Holderlin, among others).
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Agamben (philosophy, U. of Verona) rethinks the nature of poetic language and rearticulates relationships among theology, poetry, and philosophy in a tradition of literature initiated by Dante. He presents "literature" as a set of formal or linguistic genres that discuss or develop theological issues at a certain distance from the discourse of theology. He opens by discussing how Dante's poem is a "comedy," and concludes by arguing that literature has passed into a period in which it is concerned with its own ending, bounds and limits. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804730228
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Series: Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 164
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Giorgio Agamben is the author of more than fifteen books on topics ranging from aesthetics to poetics, ontology to political philosophy. He is best known for his Homo Sacer series. He recently retired from the Universit√† Iuav di Venezia.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Comedy 1
2 Corn: From Anatomy to Poetics 23
3 The Dream of Language 43
4 Pascoli and the Thought of the Voice 62
5 The Dictation of Poetry 76
6 Expropriated Manner 87
7 The Celebration of the Hidden Treasure 102
8 The End of the Poem 109
App. A An Enigma Concerning the Basque Woman 119
App. B The Hunt for Language 124
App. C The Just Do Not Feed on Light 126
App. D Taking Leave of Tragedy 130
Notes 135
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