Poetic Sensibility, Poetic Practice: Towards a Phenomenology of the Poetic

Richard Marklew


Poetry is fundamentally an engaged level of life in the world of

readers and poets alike. It surrounds those concerned, often with an

understanding that extends beyond its possibility as the comprehension of

meaningful content embodied in a written or spoken artifact. For readers

of poetry, memorized lines and rhythms emerge seemingly out of

nowhere to be recited, and poets often tell us that lines, rhythms and

linguistic content often appear without prompting as they are carried

away in writing poetry. Yet literary studies and phenomenology have

tended to focus either on the poetic artifact and its cognition, or poetry as

a special sphere and mode of revelation. This paper seeks to question the

experience of the poetic as a special level of life and an embodied activity,

and sketches some points of entry in which we can enter into a discussion

on the poetic as such.


Poetics; Sensibility; Embodiment; Skill; Language

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