Evolutionary Aesthetics: Part II

In the last essay, we tackled the evolutionary elements that were necessary for life to follow to arrive at where we are, as human beings who can experience the world consciously. We are trying specifically to arrive at poetry, or the poetic use of language. But that does require getting through some other territories first. …

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The Origins of Poetry

Paintings of animals at Laxcaux

This is the second essay of an essay series on the fundamentals of poetry. They are all brief and not exhaustive, but simply some rambling thoughts on each of a few points. This essay concerns the origins of poetry. “Poetry is ever accompanied with pleasure.”1 Note, Shelley does not say poetry is merely “pleasant” or …

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