Lyric Poetry

  • Mathew AbbottEmail author


This chapter characterises an aspect of the relationship between philosophy and lyric poetry by giving an account of poetic thought: a mode of thinking in which philosophical contributions are made poetically. When one encounters poetic thinking, it will be harder to detach what has been said from how it has been said; hence poetic thought is resistant to paraphrase in a way that traditional philosophy typically isn’t. Yet this raises problems that will remain intractable unless we reconsider what it can mean to think philosophically. Taking poetic thought as this chapter recommends means we can insist on its cognitive and rational dimensions, but without overlooking the crucial role in it of feeling and embodiment.


Poetic thought Paraphrase Cognition Embodiment Heidegger 


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  1. 1.Federation University AustraliaBallaratAustralia

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