Monday, 4 November 2013

Poetry: "A silent adventure of the soul"

"Flaubert is categorical: poetry is a silent adventure of the soul, a lived event that has nothing in common with language; more precisely, poetry takes place against language." Sartre, The Family Idiot

What might this mean? that poetry disturbs language, like a wind making a curtain flutter. Poetry is a force of silence inside language itself.

For Flaubert, language is always a foreign substance introduced into one's being,  a socially stamped material imposed on the soul. The silence of poetry is the rebellion of this mute soul against the foreign power. The affirmation of a silence within and against language is the affirmation of the unique soul. This soul is only visible in the warp and ruffle it introduces into the general order of language.

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