The Poetry of Life in Literature

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Poetry of life in literature and through literature, and the vast territory in between - as vast as human life itself - where they interact and influence each other, is the nerve of human existence. Whether we are aware of it or not, we are profoundly dissatisfied with the stark reality of life's swift progress onward, and the enigmatic and irretrievable meaning of the past. And so we dramatise our existence, probing deeply for a lyrical and heartfelt yet universally valid sense of our experience. It is in great works of literature that we seek those hidden springs that so move us. It is in honour of this search that this collection focuses on the creative imagination at work in literature and aesthetics.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 254 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 19.05mm | 1,250g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 2000 ed.
  • X, 254 p.
  • 0792364082
  • 9780792364085

Table of contents

Acknowledgements. The Theme/Poetry of Life. Section I. The Poetry of Life Between Construction and Deconstruction; H.H. Rudnick. Reflections Upon `My (Unreflected) Life': M. Merleau-Ponty and Lyn Hejinian's Poetics of `Genetic Phenomenology' in My Life; M.-Q. Ma. Poetry, Life, Literature; L. Kimmel. Of the Foundations of the Poetry of Life: Gerard Manley Hopkins on Self and World; J. Garcia-Goomez. Section II. Mending Icarus' Wing: The Poetics of Descent; C. Hammond. The Time-Consciousness of T.S. Elliot and Edmund Husserl; B. Prochaska. Transcendentalism and Poetry by Heidegger; A. Carrillo Canan. Enchantment: The Song of a Text. A Kantian Aesthetic of Poetic Reading; S.B. Cunningham. Dante's Address to the Reader in Face of Derrida's Critique of Ontology. Section III. Wordsworth's Rainbow and Ours: A Kabbalist Understanding of Beauty; B. Ross. Enchanted Objects: Rimbaud, Williams and Baroque Form; W.D. Melaney. Mystical Experience and Sacred Landscape; C. Ardohain. Culture and the Sublime: Ralph Vaughan Williams's `The House of Life' as an Expression of the English Experience; G.R. Tibbetts. Joie de Vivre; W. Shibles. Section IV. Behind the Celestial Enchantment: The Private Self and early Movie Star Portraits of Andy Warhol; C. Salus. Sublime and the Thought of Art; O. Rossi. The Mardi Gras Indian: Aesthetic Unity and Community; K.F. Volkmar. Heidegger's `The Origin of the Work of Art' and the Phenomenology of Meter; R.J. Wilson III. On the Poetic and Aesthetic Nature of the World; S. Gillies. Weltschmerz or the Pain of Living; H.H. Rudnick.
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