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Darío, Borges, Neruda and the Ancient Quarrel between Poets and Philosophers

There is a paradox of in teaching subversive literature: university teachers are funded by society and impose on Dionysiac trances a culture of examinations and a comforting rationality. From within the safe institutional framework of the university, we constantly implement Plato's expulsion of the poets from the public arena because they arouse and confuse our minds. This analysis will explore this Nietzschean conflict in three Spanish American poets and simultaneously outline and defend the excessive way poets read other texts as they re-enact this 'ancient' quarrel between poetry and philosophy, in terms of the imperative, or social burden, of having to be responsibly 'Latin American'.

Wilson, Jason (2000) Darío, Borges, Neruda and the Ancient Quarrel between Poets and Philosophers. ISA Occasional Papers (22). ISSN 0953-6825

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Culture, Language & Literature
Keywords:Jorge Luis Borges, Pablo Neruda, Rubén Darío, Nietzsche, universities
Divisions:Institute of Latin American Studies
Collections:ILAS Occasional Paper Series
Deposited By:Peter Webster
Date Deposited:30 Jan 2012 13:24
Last Modified:13 Aug 2013 10:00
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