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The Philosophy of Poetry

John Gibson


In recent years philosophers have produced important books on nearly all the major arts: the novel and painting, music and theatre, dance and architecture, and conceptual art and even gardening. Poetry is the sole exception. If contemporary philosophy still regards metaphors such as ‘Juliet is the sun’ as a serious problem, one has an acute sense of how prepared it is to make philosophical and aesthetic sense of poems such as W. B. Yeats’s ‘The Second Coming’, Silvia Plath’s ‘Daddy’, or Paul Celan’s ‘Todesfugue’. This book aims to expose and address the array of problems poetry raises for phil ... More

Keywords: poetry, meaning, truth, expression, knowledge, lyric

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199603671
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603671.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Gibson, editor
University of Louisville

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