Plato

Georg Trakl in Plato’s Republic

May 15, 2013
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Poetry, like music, like dance, might be defined as the precision of ecstasy, and the ecstasy of precision, an ecstatic precision, and measured ecstasy.

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Metaphysicians in the Dark: Poetry, Thinking, and Nostalgia for the Idea

September 7, 2011
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Does poetry think with philosophy? Or might we re-pose the question: does poetry rely on philosophy to think?

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Didactic Sonnet

August 2, 2011
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If Plato came back today and saw the workshop, craft obsessed nature of poetics, he’d give his approval, but not for reasons poets might like: Plato would approve because the stupidity of inspiration has been removed from the writing of poems.

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Marriage Counseling for True Minds

February 1, 2011
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To what extent do the classics belong to our actual, lived experience?

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Andrei Tarkovsky and the Visionary Experience

October 31, 2010
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Andrei Tarkovsky made an important film called Andrei Rublev, about a doubting monk, Russia’s greatest iconographer. The film feels very much like Bergman, from whom much of Tarkovsky’s style emerged. Like Bergman’s Seventh Seal, Tarkovsky’s Andrei Rublev is a slow-paced journey with monks, holy idiots, existential discourse, and symbolic animals.

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Death of Self: Memorization

October 27, 2010
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Even just reading poetry aloud is better than reading silently — silent reading is a relatively new phenomenon. But memorizing engages reading, writing, speaking, hearing, and memory. Memory is one of our most complex powers and is interconnected with our other senses. Memorizing actually brings a poem to life.

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