Wednesday, 22 March 2000

From "Poetics"

By Keston Sutherland.

Poetics, in this specifically institutional context, becomes a more and more ambivalent term. Either it is a productively indistinct concept which may hint at and connote what goes on in poetical language but which need not have anything directly to do with poems, in which case it is a theoretical term, indefinitely exchangeable between disciplines; or it is the probably conservative because probably methodologically unreflexive study of poetical language, and may even restrict itself to poetical language in its most traditional form, namely, poems.

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