Doubleness of Poetics: Theory and Practice

From Wittgenstein On Certainty

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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.

NB Exemplary Text 2: beauty, the open whole, and Paul Celan

This series of pages — NB Exemplary Texts— are like post-its for later development.

From The Gift of Beauty and the Passion of Being by William Desmond, 117.

This text helps us recover the concept of beauty from the two-headed monster of modern idealism and nihilism. The happening of beauty creates a ‘between space’ traditionally named metaxu (Plato, Weil, Voegelin, Desmond and now thriving schools of Desmond exegetes.)

For my purposes this space is the poem. In this typically rich passage, one may find many insights into how and why poems structure human experience toward a transcendent other. Paul Celan’s revelatory practice has established this dynamic as central to our rethinking of poetry.

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