The question and theme of the poetry of life reaches deep into the essential questions of human existence. In the sense that poetry is the central core of literature, it is essential to the meaning of our lives. This question does not necessarily place human life, nor indeed biological life at the center of inquiry. We will examine the sense in which life itself is poetry, and great literature--in this essay we will refer only to that--is recognized by its capacity to capture and express that poetry. When it does this it penetrates to the heart of human accord and resonance with creation, and so merits the title “universal” or “immortal” literature. A better description would be: fundamental, essential poetry.
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Kimmel, L. (2000). Poetry, Life, Literature. Analecta Husserliana, 69, 39-51.