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The Form of Love: Poetry's Quarrel with Philosophy

James Kuzner


Can poetry, even a deeply philosophical poetry, articulate something about love that philosophy itself cannot? The Form of Love argues that it can. In close readings of seven “metaphysical” poems, this book shows how figures ranging from John Donne to Emily Dickinson use poetic form to turn philosophy to new ends, transforming its concern to know truth about love into concern to create virtual experiences of love. These poems create strange loves made in, rather than through, the forms—the devices, structures and forces particular to verse—where they appear. Tracing how poems think, this book ... More

Keywords: form, love, lyric theory, metaphysical poetry, new formalism, philosophy, poetics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780823294503
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823294503.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Kuzner, author
Brown University