Whereunto the Poet?

William J. Richardson

in Heidegger

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 1993 | ISBN: 9780823222551
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235247 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Whereunto the Poet?

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This chapter briefly deals with the essay “Whereunto the Poet?”, composed to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of Rilke's death. The study of Rilke notes that he fell prey to Nietzsche's metaphysical nihilism but comprehended that it was to be overcome through the authentic use of language. Because Rilke somehow experienced Being and understood the sense of language, he was on the way towards the authentic use of language. This is why he was considered an ally in the overcoming of metaphysics.

Keywords: Rilke; Nietzsche; nihilism; language; overcoming metaphysics

Chapter.  810 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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