The Poetry of Search and the Poetry of Statement: On Dante and Other Writers

The Poetry of Search and the Poetry of Statement: On Dante and Other Writers

by Dorothy L. Sayers
     
 

Introducing the Dante Papers Trilogy:

Introductory Papers on Dante

Further Papers on Dante

The Poetry of Search and the Poetry of Statement

The Poetry of Search, with which the book opens, puts forward the suggestion that controversy about what kind of thing poetry ought to be has tended to overlook the fact that there are two kinds of poetry,

Overview

Introducing the Dante Papers Trilogy:

Introductory Papers on Dante

Further Papers on Dante

The Poetry of Search and the Poetry of Statement

The Poetry of Search, with which the book opens, puts forward the suggestion that controversy about what kind of thing poetry ought to be has tended to overlook the fact that there are two kinds of poetry, corresponding roughly to the categories of Romantic and Classical but which she prefers to describe as the Poetry of Search and the Poetry of Statement. The poet of search writes to find out what he feels—Keats is an example—and the poet of statement writes to tell what he knows—and here Dante is the master. Dante the Maker, which follows, discusses two examples of this method as poet of statement: First, how the whole of the Paradiso is built like a bridge between the first and the last terrains, and how roads from all the other parts of the poem run together to one point from which to pass over that bridge; secondly, how from a single unadorned statement in the seventh canto the reader who shares Dante's background may construct a whole labyrinth of associated imagery, turning and returning perpetually upon the central affirmation of fact in which a whole complex of meanings lies implicit.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597524933
Publisher:
Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2006
Pages:
290
Product dimensions:
(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957), born and educated in Oxford, was an accomplished novelist, poet, scholar, and Christian apologist. Along with her translations of Dante, her numerous writings include detective stories, radio plays, and studies of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
June 13, 1893
Date of Death:
December 17, 1957
Place of Birth:
Oxford, England
Education:
B.A., Oxford University, 1915; M.A., B.C.L., 1920

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