25 November, 2007

The Power of Poesis

Only poetry is of the same order as philosophical thinking, although thinking and poetry are not identical. But aside from the philosopher, the poet can also talk about Nothing... because, in comparison to all mere science, an essential superiority of the spirit holds sway in poetry. Because of this superiority, the poet always speaks as if beings were expressed and addressed for the first time.

In the poetry of the poet and in the thinking of the thinker, there is always so much world-space to spare that each and every thing -- a tree, a mountain, a house, the call of a bird -- completely loses its indifference and familiarity.

Martin Heidegger, Introduction to Metaphysics

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