For Work / Against Work
Debates on the centrality of work

Poetry, Language, Thought

by Heidegger, Martin (1971)


Poetry, Language, Thought collects Martin Heidegger's pivotal writings on art, its role in human life and culture, and its relationship to thinking and truth. Essential reading for students and anyone interested in the great philosophers, this book opens up appreciation of Heidegger beyond the study of philosophy to the reaches of poetry and our fundamental relationship to the world. Featuring "The Origin of the Work of Art," a milestone in Heidegger's canon, this enduring volume provides potent, accessible entry to one of the most brilliant thinkers of modern times.

Key Passage

[Extract from: The Origin of the work of Art]-From  the  dark opening  of the  worn  insides of the  shoes  the  toilsome  tread of  the  worker  stares  forth.  In  the  stiffly  rugged  heaviness of the shoes there is the accumulated tenacity of her slow trudge through the far-spreading  and ever-uniform  furrows of the field swept  by a  raw wind.  On  the  leather  lie  the  dampness  and  richness  of  the  soil.  Under  the  soles  slides  the  loneliness  of  the  field-path  as evening  falls.  In  the  shoes  vibrates  the  silent  call  of  the  earth, its  quiet  gift  of  the  ripening  grain  and  its  unexplained  self-refusal  in the fallow desolation of the wintry field. This equipment is pervaded  by uncomplaining  anxiety  as to  the  certainty of bread, the wordless joy of having once  more withstood want, and trembling before the impending childbed and shivering at the sur-rounding  menace of death. This equipment  belongs to  the  earthy  and it is protected  in  the  world of the  peasant woman.  From  out  of this protected belonging the equipment itself rises to its resting-within-itself.  (p.33)


Poetry, Heidegger, Art, Aesthetics, Culture, Artwork, Artist, Poetry, Twentieth Century


The Origin of the Work of Art [1936], Poetry, Language, Thought, Heidegger Citations

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