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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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The last essay is worth the price of admission...
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
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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