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The MomentTime and Rupture in Modern Thought$
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Heidrun Friese

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780853239567

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314179

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Poetry and the Returns of Time: Goethe's ‘Wachstum’ and ‘Immer und Überall’

Poetry and the Returns of Time: Goethe's ‘Wachstum’ and ‘Immer und Überall’

(p.135) Chapter 7 Poetry and the Returns of Time: Goethe's ‘Wachstum’ and ‘Immer und Überall’
The Moment

Andrew Benjamin

Liverpool University Press

This chapter contains a reflection by Andrew Benjamin regarding the connection between poetry and time. Benjamin explains that connections between the two begin with recognizing that poems are timed and that any attention to the detail of that work must take time into consideration. Furthermore, it presumes that the way time works in poems is by it slipping its hold of fixity and naturalization of continuity while at the same time allowing the intrusion of measure, the form of measure that maintains poetry as poetry. Benjamin supports his claim using references to the works of Goethe.

Keywords:   Goethe, Wachstum, Immr and Uberall, poetry, language of time, time of language

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