Doubleness of Poetics: Theory and Practice

From Wittgenstein On Certainty


Regarding ‘loop holes’ in theory —- say we are talking about the volta in sonnets and fail to mention a change of ‘tone’ or perspective. Since there are always areas untouched by some discussions of rules, assuming the doubleness should be part of the game of poetics. What is missing from our discussion of the rules is covered by our examples. The relevant rules are IN the examples. The big takeaway is that poetics proceeds dialectically ‘between’ rules and examples. Poetics is inherently dialogical. To speak metaxically, poetics is double. It happens BETWEEN rules and examples.

Poetics and Showing What We Mean

God is not a name in the index of our Poetics. As Wittgenstein says, “How hard I find it to see what is right in front of my eyes.” Wittgenstein makes a strong case for not ‘doubting’ religious texts as if they were philosophical texts. Poems SHOW what they mean.

Here’s a brace of texts that illustrate the point.



From The intimate Universal 410.