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The Rift in The Lute: Attuning Poetry and Philosophy

Maximilian de Gaynesford


The book is about finding ways to ‘attune’ poetry and philosophy. Attunement is a mutually shaping approach in which we really do philosophy in really appreciating poetry. This is best done by first exploring their worst tendencies to mutual antipathy. These worst tendencies, the subject of the first half of the book, are found in relations between poetry and analytic philosophy. The most notorious offender is the Austin-inspired speech act approach in analytic philosophy of language, which treats poetry—all poetry—with apparent disdain. The book argues for something surprising here. First, th ... More

Keywords: poetry, philosophy, attunement, Austin, Shakespeare, Southwell, Hill, Prynne, G. M. Hopkins, Chaucer-type

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198797265
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198797265.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maximilian de Gaynesford, author
University of Reading