Susan Stewart

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This article looks at the historical interrelation of philosophy and lyric poetry. It explains that philosophers and lyric poets are alike because they both convey intelligible statements, employ formal structures and incorporate a social view from the outset. Despite these shared materials and aims, philosophy and poetry have some important differences. Philosophy strives for clarity and singularity in reference while lyric is always overdetermined. In addition, philosophy should be paraphrasable and translatable if its truth claims are universal, but poetry has finality of form, and to paraphrase it is a heresy; to translate it, a betrayal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199892006
ISBN (Print)9780195182637
StatePublished - Sep 2 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


  • Formal structures
  • Intelligible statements
  • Lyric poetry
  • Paraphrasable
  • Philosophy
  • Social view


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