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Three Philosophical Poets : Lucretius, Dante, and Goethe (Classic Reprint)
by George Santayana


Overview - What is the best way to discuss the intersection of philosophy, poetry and art? For George Santayana it was to highlight the greatest qualities of each poet and explain how one compliments the other. This is Santayana's approach in Three Philosophical Poets: Lucretius, Dante, and Goethe .  Read more...

 
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Overview
What is the best way to discuss the intersection of philosophy, poetry and art? For George Santayana it was to highlight the greatest qualities of each poet and explain how one compliments the other. This is Santayana's approach in Three Philosophical Poets: Lucretius, Dante, and Goethe.

"The sole advantage in possessing great works of literature lies in what they can help us to become." So begins Santayana's analysis of the three heroes of the book. Three Philosophical Poets: Lucretius, Dante, and Goethe is a collection of six lectures "with a few additions" read in February, 1910, and they are based on one of Santayana's courses at Columbia University.

He begins with an examination of Lucretius and his foundation in naturalism, materialism and in humanism in ethics. A thousand years later Dante arrived, bringing with him awareness of supernaturalism, or God. Still later came Goethe, whose Romanticism expanded on Lucretius and Dante. Santayana's love for the poets is infectious. Rather than painstakingly examining each line and then connecting it to dry philosophical tomes, Santayana quotes the best passages, explaining what makes them great. He seems to be delighted by each poem, almost as if it is a brand new discovery. Santayana's discourse on the various episodes of Faust is essential reading. He relates each one in an entertaining manner, making the reader feel as if he or she is in the midst of a good conversation. By connecting the three poets, Santayana helps readers gain insight into their poems but also into the nature of philosophy itself.

Readers will find meaning in Three Philosophical Poets: Lucretius, Dante, and Goethe. This book will encourage readers to revisit the three poets with fresh eyes. It is a vital companion for rereading three great poets of the Western world.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781330401217
  • ISBN-10: 1330401212
  • Publisher: Forgotten Books
  • Publish Date: April 2018
  • Page Count: 200
  • Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.42 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds


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