Things Merely Are: Philosophy in the Poetry of Wallace Stevens

Things Merely Are: Philosophy in the Poetry of Wallace Stevens

by Simon Critchley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415356318

ISBN-13: 9780415356312

Pub. Date: 04/19/2005

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

"This book is an invitation to read poetry. Simon Critchley argues that poetry enlarges life with a range of observation, power of expression and attention to language that eclipses any other medium. In an extended engagement with the poetry of Wallace Stevens, Critchley reveals that poetry also contains deep and important philosophical insight. Above all, he argues…  See more details below

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"This book is an invitation to read poetry. Simon Critchley argues that poetry enlarges life with a range of observation, power of expression and attention to language that eclipses any other medium. In an extended engagement with the poetry of Wallace Stevens, Critchley reveals that poetry also contains deep and important philosophical insight. Above all, he argues for a 'poetic epistemology' that enables us to recast the philosophical problem of the relation between mind and world, or thought and things, in a way that allows us to cast the problem away." Drawing on Kant, the German and English Romantics and Heidegger, Critchley argues that, through its descriptions of particular things and their difficult plainness, poetry evokes the 'mereness' of things. Poetry brings us to the realization that things merely are, an experience that provokes a mood of calm, a calm that allows the imagination to press back against the pressure of reality. Critchley also argues that this calm defines the cinematic eye of Terrence Malick, whose work is discussed at the end of the book.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415356312
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/19/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
804,833
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.33(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations of works by Wallace Stevens
1Or so we say - twenty-one propositions9
2Poetry, philosophy and life as it is15
3Sudden rightnesses33
4Wallace Stevens's intimidating thesis45
5The twofold task of poetry57
6The thing itself and its seasons61
Afterword : calm - on Terrence Malick91

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