Wallace Stevens and Pre-Socratic Philosophy -Metaphysics and the Play of Violence
Author: Daniel Tompsett
Master eBook ISBN10 : 0203117492
Master eBook ISBN13 : 978-0-203-11749-1
No of pages : 283
eBook Price : $125.00
Originally Published : Sep 10, 2012
This book studies Wallace Stevens and pre-Socratic poetic philosophy, showing how concepts that animate Stevens poetry parallel concepts found in the works of Parmenides, Heraclitus, Empedocles, and Xenophanes. Tompsett traces the transition of pre-Socratic ideas into poetry and philosophy of the post-Kantian period, assessing the impact that the mythologies associated with pre-Socratism have had on structures of metaphysical thought that are still found in poetry and philosophy today. This transition is treated as becoming increasingly important as poetic and philosophic forms have progressively taken on the existential burden of our post-theological age. Tompsett argues that Stevens poetry plays its audience into an ontological ground in an effort to show that his reduction of metaphysics is not dry philosophical imposition, but is enacted by our encounter with the poems themselves. Through an analysis of the language and form of Stevens poems, Tompsett uncovers the mythology his poetry shares with certain pre-Socratics and with Greek tragedy. This shows how such mythic rhythms are apparent within the work of Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger and Hans-Georg Gadamer, and how these rhythms release a poetic understanding of the violence of a reduction of metaphysics.