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The Poetry of the Formless – Preface

Friday, October 4th, 2013

by: Jeroen Mettes

CREATION Poesie kann nur durch Poesie kritisiert werden. Friedrich Schlegel   It is the apparent fate of the critic to live in a time of restoration. Poetry always already reaches him in ruins – ruins that are nevertheless prejudged and predetermined as some X, some cultural variable, to be further judged, determined and ‘explained’. Restoration […]

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The Question of the Voice-Music Relation

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

by: Jeroen Mettes

TOWARDS A DELEUZIAN POETICS Article written for an unpublished book edited by Frans-Willem Korsten and Vincent Meelberg.   Poetry is often understood to be “located” somewhere on a line running from language to music. Louis Zukofsky, the twentieth century American poet, even defined poetry as an integral with lower limit speech and upper limit music. According […]

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Chapter 3: Poetic Difference

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

by: Jeroen Mettes

What interests us in romanticism is that we still belong to the era it opened up. Nancy and Lacoue-Labarthe (1988:8) But in order to render myself intelligible I must previously, in as few words as possible, explain my ideas, first, of a poem; and secondly, of poetry itself, in kind and in essence. Coleridge (1982:171) […]

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Abstract: The Poetry of the Formless

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

by: Jeroen Mettes

This is the abstract of Jeroen Mettes’ uncompleted PhD —   “Modern Western poetry is historically defined by its break with traditional forms. The caesura that separates poetic tradition from poetic modernity, however, is not simply a matter of one poetics being replaced by another poetics, i.e., a new set of forms; a full crise […]

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Chapter 2: The Critical Age

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

by: Jeroen Mettes

PART I: CHAOTIC BEGINNING 1. CONTEMPORARY APPROACHES TO MODERN POETRY 2. THE CRITICAL AGE   Gib nach dem löblichen Verlangen, Von vorn die Schöpfung anzufangen! Goethe 3: 273 Der Idealismus ist der Mittelpunkt und die Grundlage der deutschen Literatur. Friedrich Schlegel   In the previous chapter I attempted to show the relative inadequacy of current […]

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