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Abstracts Submitted:Division I - Undergraduate students - Arts & Humanities


TOWARDS A PHILOSOPHICAL DEFINITION OF POETRY

Patrick Fessenbecker, Department of English, East Tennessee State University. P.O. Box 17902, Johnson City, TN, 37614

Poetry in its many variations and forms has played a important role in almost every human culture. Yet, for all its importance, there is a great deal of debate as to what precisely poetry is. Nevertheless, an analysis of the poetic experience from the perspective of Continental philosophy, particularly with regards to Gadamer and Heidegger, combined with an understanding of analytic linguistics, produces a rich and sufficiently broad definition. I articulate and defend several principles of poetic definition, including principles regarding the nature of poetic metaphor, the relationship between word and sound, and the readers response to poetry.


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