Movement and embodiment in Klopstock and Goethe


Type
Article
Change log
Authors
Lee, CL 
Abstract

Poetry is both physical and mobile: it moves us, and moves in us. This essay focuses on the role of the moving body in the work of Klopstock, with a brief excursus into Goethe's poetry. Klopstock conceived of poetry as a kind of dance, and his innovations in prosody consisted of an intensification of the physical dimension of poetry. He consistently challenged the assumption underlying dualistic philosophies: namely, that the physical and the metaphysical, the tangible and the intangible, are ultimately separate. In his work, it is precisely the substance and weight of language which allows poetry to spin into the realms of the spiritual. His theory and practice is, therefore, thoroughly in tune with the premises of the modern notion of embodied cognition.

Description
Keywords
47 Language, Communication and Culture, 4703 Language Studies, 4705 Literary Studies
Journal Title
German Life and Letters
Conference Name
Journal ISSN
0016-8777
1468-0483
Volume Title
70
Publisher
Wiley