Logic of Poetic Language

Author: Carroll, William
Year:2011
Pages:304
ISBN:0-7734-2550-0
978-0-7734-2550-7
Price:219.95
This historical analysis examines the grammar of nineteenth century poetry and the ways it impacts modern thought. According to Carroll, grammar shapes the meanings that shape our beliefs and therefore our actions. Drawing on the philosophies of Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, and Cavell, as well as the ponderings of Kuhn and Gould Carroll argues that during the late nineteenth century, science shaped an authoritative form of grammar for poetry, which moved it away from a blend of poetry, philosophy, and religion. Carroll concludes that the mode of knowing offered in poetry is essential developing a peaceable coexistence in our current global culture.

Reviews

“A respected contribution to Victorian studies, and, employing the term “grammar” as understood by Immanuel Kant and Ludwig Wittgenstein, Carroll provides a spirited exploration of contested epistemologies in nineteenth century culture.” – Prof. Ed Block Marquette University

“Makes an significant, much-needed contribution to scholarly work in literary and cultural theory and in poetics.” – Prof. Kimberly C. Reed Lipscomb University

Table of Contents

Abstract

Foreword by Ed Block

Preface

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1 RHYME OR REASON: THE CONTESTED STATUS OF THE NINETEENTH-CENTURY POET

Chapter 2 FACTS AND FICTIONS: ESTABLISHING SCIENCE AS THE SOLE PATHWAY TO KNOWLEDGE

Chapter 3 KNOWLEDGE AND BELIEF: A NEW APPROACH TO ASSENT

Chapter 4 MAKING MEANING IN CONSTITUTIVE FICTIONS: THE NEW GRAMMAR OF POETRY

Chapter 5 RHYME AND REASON: ASSENTING TO POETIC TRUTH

Works Cited

Index