International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy

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Poetic sensibility, poetic practice

towards a phenomenology of the poetic

Richard Marklew

pp. 235-254

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.

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DOI: 10.19079/metodo.6.1.235

Full citation [Harvard style]:

Marklew, R. (2018). Poetic sensibility, poetic practice: towards a phenomenology of the poetic. Metodo. International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy 6 (1), pp. 235-254.

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