Poetic Subjectivity and the Elusiveness of Being

Jennifer Anna Gosetti-Ferencei

in Heidegger, Hölderlin, and the Subject of Poetic Language

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780823223602
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235254 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Poetic Subjectivity and the Elusiveness             of Being

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If the meaning borne by poetic language seems elusive, that which it brings to words, when regarded ontologically, is the very elusiveness of Being—the impossibility of grasping Being as absolute presence. Since Being must be accessed as withdrawing-emerging presence—as a complex play of presence and absence—poetic language, in contrast to prose, admits a unique capacity to bring Being to language. Poetic language, through an array of formal strategies of indirection, expresses this play by evoking relations to the world which are other than a straightforward signification. It is thought that in such language, the elusiveness of Being itself can be brought to the fore, and can, paradoxically, be brought to virtual appearance. A question that remains to be answered is whether this unique capacity of poetic language eschews all vestiges of subjectivity, as Martin Heidegger claims in his account of the poet's role in the remembrance of Being or whether there is not an essential structure of subjectivity and selfhood at the heart of the poetic utterance.

Keywords: poetic language; Being; absolute presence; Martin Heidegger; subjectivity; selfhood

Chapter.  19232 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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