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Critique of Poetics, 2 Vols

by A. R. Biswas

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Atlantic Publishers & Distributors (P) Ltd, 2005. Hardcover. New. Poetry and Poetics are integrally related. The former is an art based on emotions, whereas the latter is a science evaluating poetry. So long their common mode of treatment has been to excite in the mind the emotions appropriate to the subject-matter. But science and art are not identical. The former uses the “discursive” mode; and the latter the “presentational” mode. While science is “truth,” the art is adjectively “true”, i.e. it does not conflict with the truth. The book Critique of Poetics is an extremely bold and far reaching attempt at a comprehensive theory of poetry. It starts with a Sound-Sense Continuum and ends with Quantum Poetics. The path of evolution is marked by the poetic process, the flow of Rasa, the flight of Pegasus, the dance of Resonons, the doctrine of suggestion, Rx for rhetoric, the logic of signs and symbols, the poetic imagery, the miracle of communication, the concept of criticism, style and stylistics, the law of inspiration and catharsis, the limits of art, the philosophy of beauty, East and West in Poetics, and the theory of literature. And this has been treated in a global perspective, which harmonizes both East and West in Poetics. A balance has also been struck between the two approaches to the study of literature—Extrinsic and Intrinsic. The former is characterized by psychology-society and other arts whereas the latter by style and stylistics, image and metaphor, rhetoric and suggestion, beauty and the like. A new theory of literature has been derived from these. This is born in a continuum of sound and sense, of space and time. It provides an organ of evaluating the past, present and future works of literature. In this context quantum poetics marks the end of the evolutionary process. Printed Pages: 600.

Masanobu Fukuoka (1913–2008) was born and raised on the Japanese island of Shikoku. He was the oldest son of a rice farmer who was also the local mayor. Fukuoka studied plant pathology and worked for number of years as a produce inspector in the customs office in Yokohama. But in 1938 he returned to his village home determined to put his ideas about natural farming into practice. During World War II, he worked for the Japanese government as a researcher on food production, managing to avoid military service until the final few months of the war. After the war, he returned to Shikoku to devote himself wholeheartedly to farming. And in 1975, distressed by the effects of Japan’s post-war modernization, Fukuoka wrote The One-Straw Revolution. In his later years, Fukuoka was involved with several projects to reduce desertification throughout the world. He remained an active farmer until well into his eighties, and continued to give lectures until only a few years before his death at the age of ninety-five. Fukuoka is also the author of The Natural Way of Farming and The Road Back to Nature. In 1988 he received the Magsaysay Award for Public Service. Frances Moore Lappé is author or co-author of sixteen books, including Diet for a Small Planet and Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity, and Courage in a World Gone Mad. She has co-founded three organizations, including the Institute for Food and Development Policy and, more recently, the Small Planet Institute, which she leads with her daughter Anna Lappé. In 1987, she received the Right Livelihood Award, also called the “Alternative Nobel.” She has received seventeen honorary doctorates and has been a visiting scholar at MIT.


  • Bookseller: Sanctum Books IN (IN)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 21436
  • Title: Critique of Poetics, 2 Vols
  • Author: A. R. Biswas
  • Format/binding: Hardcover
  • Book condition: Used
  • Jacket condition: New
  • Quantity available: 500
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • ISBN 10: 8126903775
  • ISBN 13: 9788126903771
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishers & Distributors (P) Ltd
  • Date published: 2005
  • Keywords: Critique of Poetics, 2 VolsA. R. Biswas9788126903771


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