A Rite of Finitude: Richard Wilbur's Hermeneutic Ontology.

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Author: William Tate
Date: Spring 2022
Publisher: University of Texas at Austin (University of Texas Press)
Document Type: Critical essay
Length: 10,389 words
Lexile Measure: 1330L

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KEYWORDS: Richard Wilbur, "All That Is," Hans-Georg Gadamer, hermeneutic ontology Richard Wilbur's "All That Is" foregrounds the poet's thematic interest in ontology: the poem is a meditation on what is and human access to it. Borrowing a phrase from HansGeorg Gadamer, I characterize the poem's ontology as a "hermeneutic ontology." For Gadamer and Wilbur both, human finitude and temporality make it inevitable that our grasp of being can only be hermeneutic--can only be, therefore, both linguistic and dynamic. Wilbur figures all this in the poem's representation of crossword puzzles.

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