I'm suggesting that truth is made not found.
From one point of view, the artist is only the passive transmitter of a light that seems to be "other." From another, the artist is the god of his creation: actively dictating each detail.
Neither perspective is entirely true.
I've used philosophy in my life as a map... when I felt like I was in uncharted waters... the only person who ever looked at things "this way" it's gives emotional stability, orientation, to find out that I'm not only not alone, but that the map is actually pretty big.
Poetry? not so sure. Convince me more please.
No one wants to engage this? Ah, come one. We sing our little songs.
The secret sits in the middle and knows. / We dance around in a ring and suppose.
It's conceptual poetry. Also it's a metaphor, to cast new light on what some think is anti-poetry (philosophy).
Philosophy is composed of dead metaphors, many of which have a negative prefix. For instance, "infinite," "absolute," "in-dependent," "immaterial."
We understand the world largely by means of metaphor, which is associated with poetry. I do realize how strange "philosophy is poetry" might sound. But that may contribute toward it being a valuable metaphor.
I want to call attention to the importance of metaphor in philosophy, and that is especially why I call it conceptual poetry....
I suppose you have see "poetry" as I do, in the broadest sense, as creative writing. The tradition of philosophy is an abstract Odyssey -- featuring the critical mind as Ulysses.
"Beauty is truth; truth beauty " Keats
"How can we tell the dancer from the dance?" Yeats
"Where The Fire and the Rose are One.." Eliot
"What is love?" Some popular song lyric.
Shelly's long poem of Keats is very philosophical.
Byron's Don Juan is philosophical in its proto-Nietzschean way. So are Shakespeare's sonnets at times. It's not such a leap.
I view philosophy as a genre of creative writing --poetry. (The word poet comes from the word maker.) And I don't mean poet in the sense of John Keats. But I do mean poet in the sense of the diary of John Keats. I'm suggesting that truth is made not found.
Keats presented a notion of "negative capability" which is similar to Richard Rorty's use of the term ironist.
To call philosophy poetry is to insist that it is not a reflection of but an interpretation of "reality' -- just as the word "reality" which is already in the singular case is part of such an interpretation.
To call philosophy conceptual poetry is to emphasize its abstractness, in contrast to the concreteness of what is traditionally understood as poetry.
Philosophy is an ambitious poetry, audacious enough to describe the totality, truth, philosophy itself -- and also to describe such descriptions.
That's what philosophy "can" be, it can also be nonsens, it cal also be delusive, it can be whatever you make it.
This may surprise you, but I agree with everything you said. No need to assume I was providing as exhaustive account of its possibilities. Keep looking around. My old posts are all over the place. I'm not a one-trick pony. I'm a horse of a different color.
That may be all other posts made by you are of infinitivly high quality, but I evaluate each post individualy. Sorry.