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Peter Hare, Joseph Palencik, Douglas Anderson, and Steven A. Miller

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823264322

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823264322.001.0001

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Misunderstandings between Poet and Philosopher

Misunderstandings between Poet and Philosopher

Wallace Stevens and Paul Weiss

(p.215) Fifteen Misunderstandings between Poet and Philosopher
Pragmatism with Purpose

Peter Hare

Fordham University Press

This chapter focuses on the troubled correspondence between poet Wallace Stevens and philosopher Paul Weiss. A few years before his death, Weiss, editor of The Review of Metaphysics, rejected a lecture submitted by Stevens on the philosophy of poetry. Stevens refused to consider submitting the paper to a nonphilosophical magazine. The chapter first provides a background on the Stevens–Weiss relationship before analyzing the breakdown in communication between them. It discusses the lessons that can be drawn from this conflict between Stevens and Weiss and suggests that their misunderstandings are a microcosm for the discord between poetry and philosophy in general.

Keywords:   poetry, Wallace Stevens, Paul Weiss, The Review of Metaphysics, lecture, philosophy, metaphysics

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