Poetic Force: Poetry after Kant (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics)

This booklet argues that the speculation of strength elaborated in Immanuel Kant's aesthetics (and particularly, his theorization of the dynamic elegant) is of decisive significance to poetry within the 19th century and to the relationship among poetry and philosophy over the past centuries. encouraged through his deep engagement with the severe conception of Walter Benjamin, who particularly built this Kantian pressure of pondering, Kevin McLaughlin makes use of this conception of strength to light up the paintings of 3 of the main influential nineteenth-century writers of their respective nationwide traditions: Friedrich Hölderlin, Charles Baudelaire, and Matthew Arnold. the result's an outstanding elucidation of Kantian conception and a clean account of poetic language and its aesthetic, moral, and political possibilities.

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