edited by Ondrej Sládek and Michael Heim
Chapter Six. The Relation of the Prague Linguistic Circle to Poetism
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The Relation of the Prague Linguistic Circle to Poetism
The science of linguistics played an important role in shaping the poetist movement. The problem of the relation of science and its methods—with its obligation to search for objective truth—to art—with its degree of freedom from any constraints of the scientific world—harks back to Plato. The Czech avant-garde in the interwar years took a revolutionary position. It considered science, in the form of linguistics and semiotics, and art to be handmaidens and thus aroused the ire of both language purists and communist supporters of Socialist Realism.
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