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Playlist: National Poetry Month

Compiled By: Philosophy Talk

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2020-04-19 Poetry as a Way of Knowing

From Philosophy Talk | Part of the Philosophy Talk series | 54:00

Can we come to know things poetically that we couldn't get at through other forms of thinking, writing, or talking?


What is poetry? Mere word play? A pretty, or at any rate striking, way of expressing thought and emotion? Or does great poetry involve an approach to the world that provides insight and information not available in other ways? Ken and John explore how poetry can illuminate what we know with award-winning poet Jane Hirshfield, author of Come, Thief and other poetic works of philosophical richness. 

Love, Poetry, and Philosophy

From Philosophy Talk | Part of the Philosophy Talk series | 54:00

What's love got to do with poetry and philosophy?


For Plato, love and philosophy were closely related. Love of beauty causes one to contemplate the whole sea of beauties, including beautiful systems of justice and beautiful scientific theories. But Plato wasn't such a fan of poetry, arguing that it merely evoked strong emotions in a way contrary to reason. Noted poet Troy Jollimore, winner of the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award, disagrees. He joins John and Ken for a spirited discussion of love, poetry, and philosophy.