The poet sings: “resonance” in Paul Valéry’s poietics

Dixon, M. P. (2015) The poet sings: “resonance” in Paul Valéry’s poietics. Humanities, 4(4), pp. 506-522. (doi:10.3390/h4040506)

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Abstract

This paper analyses Paul Valéry’s theories relating to his stated goal of poetic production: the attainment of “resonance” and a “singing-state”. My intention is to defend Valéry’s theory as a valid and consistent model of the creative process in poetry. To that end, I will draw support from T. W. Adorno’s claim that Valéry’s manner of reflective journalising in his Notebooks can furnish us with what he calls “aesthetic insight”. The consistency of Valéry’s theory will be supported by comparisons with the inferentialist understanding of semantics. Valéry proves to be a reliable exemplar of what might be called a “practice-led” aesthetics.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Paul Valéry, Adorno, poetry, practice-led aesthetics, inferentialism, resonance.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dixon, Dr Martin
Authors: Dixon, M. P.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Music
Journal Name:Humanities
Publisher:MDPI
ISSN:2076-0787
ISSN (Online):2076-0787
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Author
First Published:First published in Humanities 4(4): 506-522
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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