Poetry, Language, Thought collects Martin Heidegger's pivotal writings on art, its role in human life and culture, and its relationship to thinking and truth Essential reading for students and anyone interested in the great philosophers, this book opens up appreciation of Heidegger beyond the study of philosophy to the reaches of poetry and our fundamental relationship to the world Featuring The Origin of the Work of Art, a milestone in Heidegger's canon, this enduring volume provides potent, accessible entry to one of the most brilliant thinkers of modern times


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  1. Glenn Russell Glenn Russell says:



    Seven essays on poetry and the arts from German philosopher Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) are collected here, including his key work on aesthetics, The Origin of a Work of Art. However, for the purposes of this review I will focus on his less well-known essay, What Are Poets For?” Here are several direct Heidegger quotes followed by my micro-fiction serving as a tribute to what I take to be much of the spirit of this essay:

    “Being, which holds all beings in the balance, thus always draws particular beings toward itself – toward itself at the center.”

    “Everything that is ventured is, as such and such a being, admitted into the whole of beings, and reposes in the ground of the whole.”

    “The widest orbit of beings becomes present in the heart’s inner space. The whole of the world achieves here an equally essential presence in all its drawings.”

    “The objectness of the world remains reckoned in that manner of representation which deals with time and space as quanta of calculation, and which can know no more of the nature of time than of the nature of space.”

    “The conversion of consciousness is an inner recalling of the immanence of the objects of representation into presence within the heart’s space.”
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    THE POETRY BAR
    Thirsty, I enter a bar that’s dark, smoky and crowded, squeeze through and perch on a bar stool at the end closest the door, cross my arms on the counter and scan the faces of those around me. Many of the people are reading from sheets of paper, some reading silently, some muttering words aloud and still others reading to one another. The bartender approaches and asks me what I want, to which I, in turn, ask what he has on tap.

    The bartender replies, “Most anything – Byron, Blake, Stevens, Frost, Browning, William Carlos Williams, you name it.”

    So, it’s poetry rather than beer. I’m still thirsty but at least for now I tell him that I’ll take a Frost. The bartender obliges by handing me a copy of ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’.

    I read the first stanza quickly then take my time reading the next three. I pause and look over at one of the crowded booths: six men with beards and black T-shirts are huddled together listening as their leader reads aloud from what I recognized as Alan Ginsburg’s ‘Howl’. The bartender was right – they do have most everything here.

    I bend my head and begin to reread the first stanza of Frost when I hear great sobs from across the bar. A man with a ruddy complexion and a Scottish brogue is trying to recite Robert Burns but is having trouble because he keeps breaking down and crying. Another patron knocks roughly against me and then staggers through the door. Looking out the large front window I watch as he crosses the street, oblivious to cars and busses, as if lifted out of himself by an otherworldly ecstasy.

    The bartender taps me on the elbow. When I turn he nods knowingly and tells me he always tries his best to keep an eye on anyone overdoing it.


  2. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Poetry, Language, Thought, Martin Heidegger

    Essential reading for students and anyone interested in the great philosophers, this book opened up appreciation of Martin Heidegger beyond the confines of philosophy to the reaches of poetry.

    In Heidegger's thinking, poetry is not a mere amusement or form of culture but a force that opens up the realm of truth and brings man to the measure of his being and his world.

    تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز دوازدهم ماه ژوئن سال 2003میلادی

    عنوان: شعر، زبان و اندیشه‌ی رهایی - هفت مقاله از مارتین هایدگر همراه با زندگی تصویری هایدگر؛ نویسنده مارتین هایدگر؛ مترجم عباس منوچهری؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، مولی، 1381، در نود و چهار، 265ص، مصور، شابک 9645996503؛ چاپ دوم 1389؛ شابک 9789645996503؛ موضوغ: نقد و تفسیر، زبانشناسی، شعر، فلسفه - سده 20م

    فهرست مقالات: «1- عمارت، سکونت، فکرت»؛ «2- چیز»؛ «3- انسان شاعرانه سکنی میکند»؛ «4- زبان»؛ «5- منشا اثر هنری»؛ «6- چرا شاعران؟»؛ «7- متفکر چونان شاعر.»؛

    کتاب «شعر، زبان و اندیشه رهایی»، اثری نگاشته ی فیلسوف بزرگ آلمانی: «مارتین هایدگر» است، که نخستین بار در سال 1971میلادی به چاپ رسید. این هفت مقاله (نگاره)، دربردارنده ی متون ارزشمند «هایدگر»، درباره ی: «هنر»، «نقش آن در زندگی انسان و فرهنگ»، و «رابطه اش با تفکر و حقیقت» است.؛ کتاب «شعر، زبان و اندیشه ی رهایی»، اثری برای کسانیست که به فیلسوفان بزرگ علاقمند هستند، و نشان میدهد که «هایدگر» را، علاوه بر تفکرات فلسفی بی نظیرش، باید به خاطر پرداختهای روشنگرانه اش نیز، درباره ی: «شعر»، «زبان» و «ارتباط بنیادین با جهان»، مورد تحسین و تمجید قرار داد.؛ این کتاب جاودان، برخی از «تأثیرگذارترین» و «جریان سازترین» مقالات «هایدگر» را، در خود جای داده، و پنجره ای رو به ذهن و اندیشه ی یکی از درخشانترین متفکرین عصر مدرن گشوده است

    تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 10/05/1399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی


  3. Arielle Arielle says:

    There was one chapter about art that I read for an independent study in college. It was about 42 pages and took me, literally, all summer to read. I have never read so slowly in my life. I read every single sentence about two million times and the depth of understanding was not proportional to that number - it actually, in some cases, with some sentences, decreased. Heidegger is insanely circular and creates his own language, almost a code, which you then have to translate from his equally original grammar. The brilliance of Heidegger is that he never forgets where he is in the circle and circle within a circle and the center of it is this incredibly beautiful glowing red ball that blinds you at the same time as giving you the deepest insight into the nature of reality that you've ever experienced. With words, Heidegger creates a wall you can stand on and then demolish into soft space - it is unbelievable but he creates an actual, physical world with his writing. By the time you've read a sentence or paragraph 45 times, you are living somewhere inside his world and somewhere inside your own head you've never been before. It's as if he saw the insides of people's minds and realities before they were ever born. Like the Kabbalists, the ecstasy is in the thinking and in deepening understanding at every level of thought - my life and my entire being was stunningly and profoundly changed by reading him. I owe anything I actually understood from him to an amazing teacher I had, who brilliantly and clearly illuminated his work for us. Without her help, I would have been completely lost - but lost the way you are when marveling at a mystery you'll never understand but still comprehending its beauty and ultimate, if somewhat hidden, meaning.


  4. Jonfaith Jonfaith says:

    The nature of poetry, which has now been ascertained very broadly--but not on that account vaguely, may here be kept firmly in mind as something worthy of questioning, something that still has to be thought through.

    The above is lifted from The Origin of the Work of Art, the second piece and first essay of this bewildering collection. Overall Poetry, Language, Thought was the most difficult text I've finished since https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2... last summer. I read nearly every page four times. I feel as if i know all the components by name and function but have lost the instruction manual. Thus I dither.

    The second essay What Are Poets For left my reason blinded, a darkened room where I could appreciate Holderlin but make no sense of anything further. Building Dwelling Thinking with the deliberate absence of commas was my favorite. Afterwards there is 1950 letter from Heidegger to a young student reprinted towards the end. He advises. Practice needs craft. Stay on the path, in genuine need, and learn the craft of thinking, unswerving, yet erring.

    Sage advice, this reader hopes to continue.
    Following Beckett I aspire to fail better.


  5. Aran Aran says:

    I hereby absolve myself of any guilt over not finishing this book.


  6. Lily Patchett Lily Patchett says:

    so many circles! i don't think i made it out of the maze. im still very lost. it was fun at times - like i was on the teacup ride (a little circle inside a larger circle), but then i'd start to feel nauseous and kinda wanna be on the ground again amongst others. other times it felt like i was a circle on a venn diagram that was not intersecting with heidegger's circle but then what about everyone who doesn't intersect with heidegger's circle>??!!!!! idk idk anyway im exhausting the circle metaphors. tbh my fav thing was heidegger's unadulterated fanboying over hölderlin <3 <3 <3 ;)


  7. Khashayar Mohammadi Khashayar Mohammadi says:

    I loved this book immensely, but I have to admit I was rather disappointed to see that the segments dealing with Poetry, where not about the 'Philosophy OF Poetry', but rather 'Philosophy IN Poetry'


  8. Mr. Mr. says:

    Hofstader's capable translation of these extraordinary Heidegger essays makes this one of the indispensable books of 20th century philosophy. This collection is especially indicative of Heidegger's 'turn' to art and poetry, particularly in his amazingly complex 'Origin of the Work of Art' and 'Poetically, Man Dwells.' 'The Thing' is also a remarkable essay in Heidegger's descriptions of the closing of distances in modernity, as well as his phenomenological observations of the relation between things and world. This is an excellent representation of Heidegger's philosophy of Language, and Hofstader has translated them quite well, even if the translations of Holderlin are a bit too cautious.


  9. Brandy Brandy says:

    Absolutely one of Heidegger's best works. Initially, I read specific pieces (The Origin of the Work of Art, The Thing, and Language) from the book for a couple philosophy classes for my major; however, after doing so, I decided to read the book in its entirety. I'm glad I did.
    I suppose one can say they are truly on a philosophical journey if and when Heidegger becomes an enjoyable read.


  10. Erika Higbee Erika Higbee says:

    While reading Stein’s Tender Buttons alongside Derrida’s Sign Structure, and Play, Heidegger’s Poetry, Language, Thought was a very appropriate text to continue studying the purpose of poetry— and the purpose of language and the individual word in general. The “Being,” “work-being” of the work, and various “origins” that Heidegger repeatedly makes reference to throughout the book again made me question the intangible “missing center,” “essence of the thing,” and the idea of approaching the word “without any pre-conceptions.” The emphasis on letting the object be unaffected and that, instead of imposing oneself upon it, that one should “listen and hear” to it, is an interesting point particularly related to phenomenology. Modern linguistics and modernist writers frequently focus on such impossibilities, though often gesturing to some kind of hope. One can only imagine whether such non-preconceptual thinking and such regard to an essence— the nothingness that is always present as the determining force— will ever emerge clearly out of the text.

    That being said, I recommend this book as a learning guide to poetry and art! It definitely helps to read up on some phenomenology and linguistic models before reading this. I’m sure I barely grasped the surface of things. Not to mention, of course, one has to grapple with Heidegger’s Nazism. Though it is always a question whether one should separate work from author, his political beliefs definitely decreased my initial enthusiasm toward the text.