Proceedings of The 9th International Conference on New Findings in Humanities and Social Sciences
Poetry as a unit-idea in a few 21st century British poems
This paper advances the thesis that, when viewed in its dynamic evolution and its variety of forms and types within the domain of literature, poetry is a “unit-idea”, and that poetry itself may be suffused with unit-ideas. The paper analyses the ideas and conceptions expressed in a few 21st-century British poems, and reveals that the poems are suffused with the type of unit-ideas exemplified by Arthur Oncken Lovejoy in The Great Chain of Being.
keywords: “assumption of simplicity”; “metaphysical pathos”; “eternalistic pathos”; “pathos of the esoteric”; “flower-in-the-crannied-wall motive”