Poetic Origins: Revisiting William Carlos Williams's "The Poem as a Field of Action” and Mapping the Building Blocks of Poetry
Keywords:biosemiotics, information, interpretation, meaning, poetry
AbstractThis article begins with a reflection on William Carlos Williams's lecture "The Poem as a Field of Action” in light of recent developments in theoretical physics as a means to uncover fundamental aspects of poetry. Discussing where and how meaning originates, the paper explores quantum mechanics, speculative realism, panpsychism, endosymbiosis, Gia theory, and biosemiotics. Biosemiotics interprets life as a semiotic process and proposes that biological life at all levels is concerned with meaning-making. The essay concludes by arguing that the basic elements of poetry”such as semiosis, metaphor, and interpretation”are basic aspects of all living, autopoietic beings.
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Young, J. (2021). Poetic Origins: Revisiting William Carlos Williams’s "The Poem as a Field of Action” and Mapping the Building Blocks of Poetry. Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 17(1), 73–98. Retrieved from https://cosmosandhistory.org/index.php/journal/article/view/890
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