Pleasure as the Heart of Poetry and Knowledge: Lucretius

  • John G. Fitch
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine book series (PLSM)


Echoing Wordsworth, this chapter advances the view that pleasure is the shared heart of poetry and science. The chapter shows, with examples from Lucretius’ poem On the Nature of Things (De Rerum Natura), how the pleasure of understanding is appropriately allied with the pleasurable resources of language as deployed by a master poet. As Michel Serres, Stephen Greenblatt and Duncan Kennedy have done, it regards Lucretius’ poem as a central text for considering the relationship between poetry and knowledge.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of VictoriaVictoriaCanada

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