Benedetto Croce's Poetry and literature

Benedetto Croce's Poetry and literature

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Benedetto Crocea€™s influence pervades Anglo-Saxon culture, but, ironically, before Giovanni Gullace heeded the call of his colleagues and provided this urgently needed translation of La Poesia, speakers of English had no access to Crocea€™s major work and final rendering of his esthetic theory. Aesthetic, published in 1902 and translated in 1909, represents most of what the English-speaking world knows about Crocea€™s theory. It is, asserts Gullace, a€œno more than a first sketch of a thought that developed, clarified, and corrected itself through new literary experience and more mature reflection.a€ During the 34 years between Aesthetic and La Poesia (1936), for example, Croce added a striking new element to his thought: the analysis of prose literature. Gullacea€™s introduction to La Poesia constitutes a major underAstaking in its own right. It is aimed at acquainting the reader with the evolution of Crocea€™s thought and at explaining the relationAsship between this final work and the philosophera€™s previous work in esthetic theory and literary criticism. La Poesia is divided into two parts, text and postscripts. The text consists of four chapters: Poetry and Literature; The Life of Poetry; Criticism and History of Poetry; and The Formation of the Poet and the Precepts. Croce saw the postscripts a€œas a reAslaxed conversation after the tension of theoretical exposition. In Gullacea€™s translation the text and relevant postscripts appear conveniently side by side in a double column. Gullace has annoAstated both text and postscripts.And if it does not lend itself to this, because it is poetry pure and simple, one hears the observation that aquot;there is no ... that most readers, when they think that they are admiring poetry, are deceived by their inability to analyze their sensations, anbsp;...

Title:Benedetto Croce's Poetry and literature
Author:Benedetto Croce, Giovanni Gullace
Publisher:Southern Illinois University - 1981-09-01


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