Thinking Poetry

1st Edition

Peter Nicholls, Peter Boxall

Routledge
Published May 15, 2013
Reference - 214 Pages
ISBN 9780415824644 - CAT# Y147942

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Summary

This collection brings together some of the most prominent critics of contemporary poetry and some of the most significant poets working in the English language today, to offer a critical assessment of the nature and function of poetic thought. Working at once with questions of form, literary theory and philosophy, this volume gives an extraordinarily diverse, original and mobile account of the kind of ‘thinking’ that poetry can do. The conviction that moves through the collection as a whole is that poetry is not an addition to thought, nor a vehicle to express a given idea, nor an ornamental language in which thinking might find itself couched. Rather, all the essays suggest that poetry itself thinks, in ways that other forms of expression cannot, thus making new intellectual, political and cultural formulations possible.

This book was originally published as a special issue of Textual Practice.

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