Poetic Language and its Energies
PART I A THEORY OF POETIC ENERGIES Chapter 1 Searching for a Metaphor 3 Chapter 2 Sublime Experience and the Atemporal Moment 32 Chapter 3 Elizabeth Sewell and the Limits of Language 57 Chapter 4 The Plerosis / Kenosis Polarity 85 PART II POETIC ENERGIES IN PRACTICE Chapter 5 Plerosis Ascending: William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Keats 117 Chapter 6 Poetry on the Brink: Robert Browning, Edgar A. Poe, Walt Whitman 159 Chapter 7 Pouring Out the Vessels: Emily Dickinson, T. S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens 206 Afterword 276 Works Cited 279 Index 287 Not even the visionary or mystical experience ever lasts very long. It is for art to capture that experience, to offer it to, in the case of literature, its readers; to be, for a secular, materialist culture, some sort of replacement for what the love of god offers in the world of faith. Salman Rushdie, “Is Nothing Sacred?”
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