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Theopoetic FoldsPhilosophizing Multifariousness$
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Roland Faber and Jeremy Fackenthal

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823251551

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823251551.001.0001

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Reality, Eternality, and Colors

Reality, Eternality, and Colors

Rimbaud, Whitehead, Stevens

(p.15) Reality, Eternality, and Colors
Theopoetic Folds

Michael Halewood

Fordham University Press

This paper aims to challenge the modernist notion of reality as comprised of a fact and facticity, which is divorced from questions of potentiality, transcendence, and eternality. Using the works of Rimbaud, Whitehead and Stevens, the chapter develops an approach which insists upon the process of becoming whereby the world transcends itself and thus is utterly suffused by potentiality. In order to do so, the chapter compares the role of the notion of color in the works of these three writers, arguing that they all identify color as a privileged site or aspect both of existence and experience and refuse to reduce the expression of color to either the factual or the human realm. In doing so, they offer a way of thinking both the role of poetry as philosophy and, more importantly, indicate a mode of thought which enables facticity, eternality and transcendence to be thought together.

Keywords:   Poetry, Philosophy, Rimbaud, Whitehead, Stevens, Eternality, Transcendence

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