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  • ISBN: 9780226660608
  • ISBN10: 0226660605

Wittgenstein's Ladder Poetic Language and the Strangeness of the Ordinary

by Marjorie Perloff

  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
  • Publish date: 07/01/1999
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Marjorie Perloff, among our foremost critics of twentieth-century poetry, argues that Ludwig Wittgenstein provided writers with a radical new aesthetic, a key to recognizing the inescapable strangeness of ordinary language. Taking seriously Wittgenstein's remark that "philosophy ought really to be written only as a form of poetry", Perloff begins by discussing Wittgenstein the "poet". What we learn is that the poetics of everyday life is anything but banal.
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