Winters a "Non-christian Thomistic absolutist" "(1)that the poen alters the consciousness of the poet or reader as he becomes the poem in the act of coWinters a "Non-christian Thomistic absolutist" "(1)that the poen alters the consciousness of the poet or reader as he becomes the poem in the act of contemplating it, and (2) that this alteration of consciousness is an alteration of one's entire being, since for human experience being and consciousness are synonymous."
Refreshing and mindblowing. Being the center of metaphysics is the criteria to judge poetry. "...evil is the absence of good; a thing is good in so far as it exists; good is fullness of being." Aquinas' fourth proof for the existence of god is built on this definition of being. Poems have an absolute value and that value culminates in an experience so consciousness altering that the poet or reader become more godly.
"the primative are those who possess all of the means necessary to the most vigorous form, but whose range of material is limited;" (example WCW) "and the decadent are those who display a fine sensitivity to language and who may have a very wide scope, but whose work is incomplete formally..." (example Hart Crane)...more