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The End of the Poem: Studies in Poetics (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics)

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This book, by one of Italy's most important and original contemporary philosophers, represents a broad, general, and ambitious undertaking—nothing less than an attempt to rethink the nature of poetic language and to rearticulate relationships among theology, poetry, and philosophy in a tradition of literature initiated by Dante.

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Paperback, 1st edition Meridian/Crossing Aesthetics, 164 pages
Published June 1st 1999 by Stanford University Press (first published 1996)
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Sep 07, 2007 Nate rated it really liked it
The last essay is worth the price of admission...
Apr 18, 2013 Leif rated it really liked it
In characteristically fluid and confident prose, Agamben's study on aesthetics finds solid ground across a variety of periods for his elegant philosophy of language. The essays run from discussions of Dante Alighieri --- where Agamben boldly castigates scholars for traditional misinterpretations of the The Divine Comedy --- through to medieval Italian poets --- where Agamben again throws his hands up at an enshrined debate in philological interpretations of a thirteenth century razo and its echo ...more
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Apr 08, 2016 Gerry LaFemina rated it liked it
This book is tough--it's premise is rooted in fifteenth century and sixteenth century Italian poetry, which I know little about, and much of its discussions of poetry feel disconnected from contemporary aesthetic. Still, Agamben provides sparks of wisdom as in his discussion of the difference between the experienced life and the poeticized life and our desire to read poetry autobiographically.
Gabriel Oak
A collection of essays on poetics by the Italian philosopher and critic more famous for his theoretical musings on biopower and the state of exception. I think I like him more when he's talking about Dante. I'm not sure I agree with his assertion that poetry is defined foremost by the possibility of enjambment, but I love the idea that poetry is constituted from the tension between sound and sense. If you're interested in poetry, I recommend these essays.
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