Chapter 20. Truth in Poetry: Particulars and Universals

  1. Garry L. Hagberg Chair2 and
  2. Walter Jost Professor of English3
  1. Richard Eldridge

Published Online: 17 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444315592.ch20

A Companion to the Philosophy of Literature

A Companion to the Philosophy of Literature

How to Cite

Eldridge, R. (2010) Truth in Poetry: Particulars and Universals, in A Companion to the Philosophy of Literature (eds G. L. Hagberg and W. Jost), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444315592.ch20

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of East Anglia, UK

  2. 3

    University of Virginia, USA

Author Information

  1. Swarthmore College, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 DEC 2009
  2. Published Print: 15 JAN 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405141703

Online ISBN: 9781444315592

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Keywords:

  • truth in poetry, particulars and universals;
  • truth in poetry - poems as artifacts, made neither for any immediate practical-material purposes;
  • differences between truth-representation in theoretical inquiries and nature of poetic work;
  • important differences - between theoria (and praxis) and poiesis;
  • roles of history, traditions and conventions within artistic practice;
  • Barbara Herrnstein Smith - how poems achieve closure or sense of arriving at endings;
  • substance of poems, not merely an expression of individual impulses and experiences