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Didactic Poetries

2016
Author:

Philippe Beck
Preface by Jean-Luc Nancy

Distributed for Univocal Publishing

Didactic Poetries

The inaugural publication in English of one of France’s most important contemporary poets

Didactic Poetries is Philippe Beck’s response to Schiller’s statement: “We are still waiting for a didactic poem where thought itself would be and would remain poetic,” and Hegel’s claim that, “strictly speaking, didactic poetry isn’t poetry.” Beck’s deftly textured poems interweave contemporary commentary with cultural, historical, literary, and philosophical allusions, drawing the reader into a world of lived poetic experience.

Didactic Poetries

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Complex, haunting, imaginative, and profoundly literary, Didactic Poetries is Beck’s response to Schiller’s statement: “We are still waiting for a didactic poem where thought itself would be and would remain poetic,” and Hegel’s claim that, “strictly speaking, didactic poetry isn’t poetry.”

For the acclaimed French poet, Philippe Beck, Schiller’s task of attempting a didactic poetry remains as vital today as it was for Schiller’s time. Is there a way to construct a poetry built and chiseled, hammered and stitched, from out of past narratives and poetries, condensed in such a manner as to make new poetic verses sing new truths? Forging a singular attempt to echo the poets and tales of a bygone age, Beck’s didactic poetries perhaps carve out the path for renewing a poetic thought as a quasi-musical atmosphere where the reader can glimpse “A small country ‘sculpted’ as spiritual, supposed to be so at home in the Bygone Country. Alluvial layers so light, that weather disappeared, weary of variety a priori.” Beck’s deftly textured poems interweave contemporary commentary with cultural, historical, literary, and philosophical allusions, drawing the reader into a world of lived poetic experience.

Didactic Poetries

Philippe Beck is a Poet as well as professor of philosophy at the University of Nantes. He has published more than fifteen volumes of poetry as well as a number of theoretical works including, most recently, Contre un Boileau: Un art poétique. Beck was awarded the French Academy’s Grand Prix de Poésie (Grand Poetry Prize) for his body of works in 2015.

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