A Phenomenological Perspective of Theodore Roethke’s Poetry
Merleau-Ponty’s dictum that “true philosophy consists in relearning to look at the world”1 applies also to artistic endeavor. For when an artist shows us how to approach reality by seeing the world in a new way, we call his or her work original and successful. Picasso’s statement that he had spent his whole life learning to paint like a child refers to this relearning process which aims at seeing the things of the world as if for the first time. Therefore, the phenomenological process of stripping away from our eyes overlays of civilization and learned prejudices and seeing the things themselves would seem the ideal method for every artist.
KeywordsPhenomenological Method Sacred Space Sacred Place True Philosophy Natural Life Cycle
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