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Poetry's knowing ignorance

Author: Joseph Acquisto
Publisher: New York, NY : Bloomsbury Academic, 2020. ©2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"What kind of knowledge, if any, does poetry provide? Poets make poems, but they also make meaning and craft a kind of learned and creative ignorance as they provide infinitely revisable answers to the question of what poetry is. That question of poetry's definition invites broader ones about the relationship of poetry to other lived experience. Poetry thus implies something like a way of life that is resistant to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Acquisto, Joseph, 1975- author.
Poetry's knowing ignorance
New York, NY : Bloomsbury Academic, 2019
(DLC) 2019020605
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Acquisto
ISBN: 9781501355226 1501355228
OCLC Number: 1085661120
Language Note: Text in English with poetry passages in French followed by English translations.
Description: 213 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : "that key that you must always keep on losing" --
Knowledge, truth, and ignorance in nineteenth-century poetry : Hugo and Baudelaire --
Saying the ineffable : poetry is poetry : from The Romantics to Valéry --
Non-knowledge, limit, and productive impossibility : Bataille and Blanchot --
"Moving forth from uncertainty all the same" : Jaccottet and Maulpoix --
Poetry, community, relation.
Responsibility: Joseph Acquisto.

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"What kind of knowledge, if any, does poetry provide? Poets make poems, but they also make meaning and craft a kind of learned and creative ignorance as they provide infinitely revisable answers to the question of what poetry is. That question of poetry's definition invites broader ones about the relationship of poetry to other lived experience. Poetry thus implies something like a way of life that is resistant to definitive statements and conclusions, and the creation of communities of readers and writers that live in ever-renewed questioning. To resist concluding is to embrace a kind of productive ignorance, a knowledge that is first and foremost aware of poetic knowledge's own limits. Poetry's Knowing Ignorance shows, through an examination of French poetry, how it is this dialogue in response to a constant questioning, to an answer-turned-question, that continues to blur the boundary between poetry and writing about poetry, between poetry and criticism, and between poetry and other kinds of experience"--

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In a study that is at once thorough and highly engaging, Acquisto convincingly demonstrates how poetry has come to transform modern doubt into a creative force--an endless movement toward Read more...

 
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