Can literature (poetry) enable us to return to reality and to the self-evident? In this dialogue, Mary Mumbach, a senior member of the college's faculty, considers the nature of the poetic imagination and how the movements and gestures of the soul manifest themselves in the great literary genres and forms. Woven within this consideration are Aristotle's Poetics, Melville's Moby Dick, Jacques Maritain's Creative Intuition in Art and Poetry, Fr. William Lynch's Images of Imagination, and the work of Francis Fergusson. She also takes up the four genres--lyric, tragedy, comedy, and epic--briefly considering each as different movements of the soul "writ large in the poem" and how this theory of genre can lead us back into the poetic works with greater insight.
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