Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Poetic Knowledge

"Poetic knowledge is not necessarily a knowledge of poetry but rather a poetic (sensory-emotional) experience of reality.  .....  Poetic experience indicates an encounter with reality that is non analytical, something that is perceived as beautiful, awful (aweful), spontaneous, mysterious..... a spontaneous act of the external and internal senses with the intellect, integrated and whole, rather than an act associated with the powers of analytic reasoning. It is, according to a tradition from Homer to Robert Frost, from Socrates to Maritain, a natural human act, synthetic and penetrating, that gets us inside the thing experienced.  It is, we might say, knowledge from the inside out, radically different in this regard from a knowledge about things. "

Poetic Knowledge: The Recovery of Education, James S. Taylor

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