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Poetic Thinking 2016 | April 2, 2020

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February 1922

March 15, 2016 | 1

I’m intrigued by the notion that we can pinpoint modernity to a single moment (Stephen Greenblatt would place it in 1417 when Poggio Bracciolini discovered a lost manuscript of Lucretius’ De rerum natura). The image of Rilke composing his sonnets … Read More

Marx on Art in Different Epochs

March 11, 2016 | 1

Marx has come up a few times in passing during this seminar, but I was led to recall a specific passage from the Grundrisse during our last class, in which we found ourselves discussing works of literature spanning two millennia. … Read More

The poetic as regenerative force

March 10, 2016 | 4

I was struck by the following sentence from A Lover’s Discourse, which I think may have something to say about poetic thinking, or at least poetic language:

I continue to fool myself as to the effects of language: I do … Read More

It is so ordered

March 9, 2016 | 1

In our discussion of love today, I am thinking a lot about Justice Kennedy’s words from Obergefell v. Hodges, which seem to be a kind of legal poetry about love for our era:

“No union is more profound than marriage, … Read More

Small Acts of Poetic Thinking

March 9, 2016 | 2

Our discussions in this class have focused on work that has been given a distinguished position in society and in our lives by virtue of the epithet ‘art’ (I mean this only in a descriptive sense—that we do, in fact, … Read More

Poetic Thinking and The Future

March 4, 2016 | 3

I’ve recently been pondering three questions at the intersection of ‘Poetic Thinking’ and ‘The Future’.

First, to the extent that Poetic Thinking has the potential to change how we think and relate to ourselves, it seems worthwhile to consider the … Read More

The Book of Miracles

March 4, 2016 | 1

Bergman’s invocation of the seemingly apocalyptic Middle Ages prompted me to revisit an illuminated manuscript that I came across earlier this year, which (to my understanding) was only recently re-discovered. A better description than I could have offered is given … Read More

Bergman and Overstimulation

March 3, 2016 | 2

Having seen The Seventh Seal once prior to this class (an experience—my first with Bergman—that led me to watch six or seven more of his films), I re-approached it this week intent on deciphering what I then found (and continue … Read More

The Seventh Seal as existentialist text

March 3, 2016 | 10

In Cinema, Philosophy, Bergman, Paisley Livingston addresses the question of whether cinema can be said to do philosophy, and if so by what means. I am immediately put ill at ease by his definition of philosophy, which seems unfairly skewed … Read More

The Knight

March 3, 2016 |

What are the tropes or models we might use to understand the character of Antonius Block? Here, perhaps, are a few ways in.

Taking cue from our discussion of Kierkegaard, a good place to begin may be with the Knight … Read More