Sunday, March 12, 2017
Poetry, Language, Thought begins with a piece titled “The Thinker as Poet.”
The original is titled by Heidegger “Aus der Erfahrung des Denkens” (1947): “From the experience of thinking.” It’s part of a collection of short pieces titled The Experience of Thinking. So, “The Thinker as Poet” is the heart—one might surmise—of The Thinker as Poet—if one surmises that the title is not intended to be read as “From The Experience of Thinking.”
Indeed, the last writing that Heidegger distributed (as far as I know), 1973, was a dwelling with a sentence from Parmenides which opens with a quotation from “The Thinker as Poet.” No wonder, then, that it appears first in the 1971 collection of essays for English reading audiences that is prevalently concerned with poetic thinking.