On wings of moonlight : Elliot R. Wolfson's poetry in the by Celan, Paul; Galli, Barbara Ellen; Wolfson, Elliot R.; PDF

By Celan, Paul; Galli, Barbara Ellen; Wolfson, Elliot R.; Rosenzweig, Franz

ISBN-10: 0773512888

ISBN-13: 9780773512887

ISBN-10: 0773531874

ISBN-13: 9780773531871

Elliot R. Wolfson is the writer of numerous serious books on medieval Jewish mysticism. On Wings of Moonlight makes a speciality of the poetic nature of Wolfson's works via an exploration of his poems, lots of which look in Pathwings: Philosophic and Poetic Reflections at the Hermeneutics of Time and Language. Barbara Galli argues that Wolfson's poems resonate with a kabbalistic worldview that also is mirrored in his scholarly paintings and private existence. On Wings of Moonlight - a word taken from one of many poems - illuminates the poetic and philosophic kinship among Wolfson, Franz Rosenzweig, one in every of his impacts on the grounds that graduate institution, and Paul Celan. showing a deep wisdom of the literary, philosophical, Jewish, and feminist traditions informing Wolfson's educational paintings, Galli argues that his prose can't be totally liked with out attention of its poetic dimensions

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There is a movement toward life, too, for the originator, who gives love into his work but receives no living love in return from it: “Pygmalion himself could not add to his work such that it possessed a life, in spite of all his efforts; it is only when he lays down the sculptor’s chisel in order to fall to his knees like a poor mere man that the goddess descends to lean over him” (267). The intimacy, then, between author and spectator is greater than the intimacy between author and work. How does the movement toward life reach into life itself as lived life?

An up and down, a before and after, and a between – all these and more remain on the work’s horizon. A few examples will suffice. In addition to these examples, there are many places in the Star where the eruptions are carried through in a discourse over several paragraphs. Page references from the Star will “Every man must have a sense for poetry” 13 follow the quotes, in parentheses: “[genius] assails man one fine day” (161), “a first glimmer of Revelation flashes,” “the suddenness of the imperative: let there be”(166), “something new has come into view” (167), “the form of the commandment which is uttered, pronounced, heard and fulfilled immediately” (200), “all at once” (202), “Inspiration … wrests itself away from the totality” (206), “the wrestling forth in ever-new self-denial of its origin” (228), “the fateful violence with which this [divine love and human] love erupted” (229), “this force that we have seen breaking forth from man” (229), “at every moment seems to break forth in its newness” (229), “love of the neighbor always newly arises; it is always a new beginning” (231), “from the world’s point of view it is … man’s act of love that is the unpredicted, the un-hoped for, the big surprise” (258).

How? The redemption-sequence, too, leads only along the path and discloses the way, without arriving really into life. The pillars arched over by the creation-sequence were that of the whole (the mythic), and that of the multiplicity of details (the plastic). Those arched over by the revelation-sequence were the pillars of the whole and of the individual detail. The pillars arched over by the redemptionsequence were that of the whole of individuality, and that of the individual detail animated.

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