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Affirmation of Poetry

2014
Author:

Judith Balso
Translated by Drew S. Burk
Distributed for Univocal Publishing 

Affirmation of Poetry

Reestablishing the importance of poetry’s place as a site of thought

In Affirmation of Poetry, Judith Balso defends the significance of poetry as a necessary practice for thinking. In analyzing the affirmation of thought found within the work of such poets as Osip Mandelstam, Wallace Stevens, Alberto Caeiro, and Giacomo Leopardi, Balso reestablishes the importance of poetry’s place as a site of thought.

Since the times of Plato and Aristotle, the relation of poetry to philosophy has been controversial. For certain scholars, poetry should not be confused with philosophy. For others, poetry is at the heart of the possibility of thinking. In Affirmation of Poetry, Judith Balso defends the significance of poetry as a necessary practice for thinking. For Balso, if reading poetry properly has become an obscure task, poetry itself still carries with it a power of thinking: the efforts of the poets must continue. In analyzing the affirmation of thought found within the work of such poets as Osip Mandelstam, Wallace Stevens, Alberto Caeiro, and Giacomo Leopardi, Balso reestablishes poetry’s place as a site of thought.

Affirmation of Poetry

Judith Balso teaches poetry and philosophy at the European Graduate School.

Drew S. Burk is a cultural theorist and translator of contemporary French philosophy.

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