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Jean Wahl, Alan D. Schrift, and Ian Alexander Moore

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823273010

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823273010.001.0001

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Poetry and Metaphysics

Poetry and Metaphysics

(p.220) 9 Poetry and Metaphysics
Transcendence and the Concrete

Jean Wahl

, Alan D. Schrift, Ian Alexander Moore
Fordham University Press

In this foundational article from 1939, Wahl elucidates several fundamental connections between metaphysics and poetry, and demonstrates how various French, German, and English language poets convey profound metaphysical ideas. Wahl shows how poetry is able to join opposites, without fully reconciling them, in such a way that allows for both transcendence and a return to immanence. This is, however, not unlike metaphysics as Wahl understands it. He accordingly concludes with the idea that “the core of poetry will always be metaphysics, and it is quite possible that the core of metaphysics is, equally, always poetry.”

Keywords:   American poetry, English poetry, French poetry, German poetry, immanence, metaphysics, Plato, poetics, transcendence, Whitehead

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