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The Frontier WithinEssays by Abe Kōbō$
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Kōbō Abe

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231163866

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231163866.001.0001

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Poetry and Poets (Consciousness and the Unconscious)*

Poetry and Poets (Consciousness and the Unconscious)*

(p.1) Poetry and Poets (Consciousness and the Unconscious)*
The Frontier Within

Abe Kōbō

Richard F. Calichman

Columbia University Press

The essay presented in this chapter tackles a number of ontological questions in an attempt to link poets and poetry to the notions of consciousness and the unconscious. It begins by criticizing the traditional errors and unclear definitions concerning the notions of subject and object in relation to truth before turning to a discussion of the concept of man's being. In particular, it explores the inner self-circulation of the representation and substance of man's being and how we must interpret man's being in relation to the night as “that which thus brings things into existence.” It also considers the chaotic origin that brings into existence all manner of concepts and actions, and how the idea of “being-in the world” expands to the level of “being in-the world.” It argues that, although the world is man's being, it is not man's being. It never stops at the level of “being in-the world.” Being-in-the-world is the instantaneously concrete intuition of the night.

Keywords:   poets, poetry, consciousness, unconscious, subject, object, truth, man's being, night, being-in-the-world

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