By Malgorzata Grzegorzewska, Jean Ward, Mark Burrows
This ebook of essays on poetic speech, considered in a literary-critical, theological and philosophical mild, explores the connections and disconnections among weak human phrases, so frequently stressed with doubt and soreness, and the final word kenosis of the divine note at the go. An introductory dialogue of language and prayer is by means of reflections linking poetry with non secular event and theology, specifically apophatic, and wondering the power of language to arrive out past itself. The crucial part foregrounds the motif of the agony flesh, whereas the ultimate part, together with essays on seventeenth-century English metaphysical poetry and a number of other of the nice poets of the 20 th century, is dedicated to the sounds and rhythms which provide a poem its personal type of «body».
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It’s the measure of man. Full of merit, yet poetically, man Dwells on this earth. But no purer Is the shade of the starry night, If I may put it so, than Man, who’s called an image of the godhead. Is there a measure on earth? There is None. (Heidegger, ‘“… Poetically Man Dwells …”’ 219)2 “Full of merit, yet poetically, man dwells on this earth”. The phrase is taken up by Heidegger, in his late poetic writings on poets,3 to explore what it is to dwell poetically, which is, as Jasper puts it, “to move toward a new way of thinking itself, and therefore of being, which finally constitutes what it is to be human” (The Sacred Body xiv).
Jasper begins by telling us that the reader of Herbert’s poems comes to know, in the exercise of reading itself, a sense of transformed embodiment and real presence. Entering into the world of the poem is a transfiguring experience, words becoming real presences in sensual embraces, collating 44 Jennifer Reek and colliding terms of reference in a merging of body, mind, and spirit, requiring an impossible dwelling in iconoclastic ways of thinking about what it means to be a human being. (123) Herbert is a Renaissance Anglican clergyman, Friedrich Hölderlin, a German Romantic, but Jasper reads them as Heidegger would urge, as poetic work, irreducible in our understanding.
In “‘… Poetically Man Dwells …”’ (219), for instance, he writes, “When we follow in thought Hölderlin’s poetic statement about the poetic dwelling of man, we divine a path by which, through what is thought differently, we come nearer to thinking the same as what the poet composes in his poem”. 9 She has been professor of literature in Paris for decades at the experimental Université de Paris VIII, which she helped found as an alternative after the political and pedagogical turmoil of 1968. Yet it is her depth rather than her breadth that draws me to her.
Breaking the Silence: Poetry and the Kenotic Word by Malgorzata Grzegorzewska, Jean Ward, Mark Burrows