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Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine
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The Poetry of Knowledge and the 'Two Cultures'

Authors: Fitch, John G.

  • Argues against the widely held assumption that poetry and systematic knowledge belong to separate kingdoms and have nothing to say to each other
    Addresses the issue of ‘the two cultures’, i.e. the institutional division between the arts and the sciences
    Looks at texts as varied as Lucretius’ On the Nature of Things, Vita Sackville-West’s The Land, and Frederick Turner’s Genesis 

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About this book

This book argues that poetry is compatible with systematic knowledge including science, and indeed inherent in it; it also discusses particular poems that engage with such knowledge, including those of Lucretius, Vergil, and Vita Sackville-West. The book argues that there are substantial similarities between knowledge-making and poetry-making, for example in their being shaped by language, including metaphor, and in their seeking unity in the world, under the impulse of eros and pleasure. The book also discusses some of the obstacles to a ‘poetry of knowledge’, including scientific objectivism, the Kantian tradition in philosophy, and the separation of the ‘two cultures’ in our academic and intellectual institutions. The book is designed to be accessible to all those interested in the issue of the ‘two cultures’, or in the role of poetry and of science in contemporary culture.

About the authors

John G. Fitch is Professor Emeritus, University of Victoria, Canada. His publications focus on the Roman writer Seneca, and include a two-volume text and translation of Seneca’s dramas in the Loeb Classical Library (revised edition 2018). He farmed sheep and fruit trees on Vancouver Island, and published a book of poems on wildflowers of the British Columbia coast (2013).  

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Unity in Knowledge: Eros and the Cosmological Urge

    Fitch, John G.

    Pages 1-12

  • Unity in Poetry

    Fitch, John G.

    Pages 13-20

  • The Death of Objectivism: Constructivism and Implication

    Fitch, John G.

    Pages 21-29

  • Viewpoints in Poetry: Hesiod, Sackville-West, Vergil

    Fitch, John G.

    Pages 31-42

  • The Fascination of Knowledge: Natural Creativity, Time’s Arrow, and Reciprocity

    Fitch, John G.

    Pages 43-54

Buy this book

eBook £35.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-89560-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £44.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-89559-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Poetry of Knowledge and the 'Two Cultures'
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-89560-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-89560-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-89559-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 155
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