The Love Song of Immanuel Kant

The man, the myth, the father of needlessly obscure German philosophers.

The man, the myth, the father of needlessly obscure German philosophers.

So one day when I was really bored in my modern philosophy class, a not infrequent occurrence, I wrote a poem using only Kantian terminology which I found, and still find, to be ridiculous. I presented it as a token of my affection to my TA at the time. She said I used all the terms properly, which I took as a victory. I present it to you now because it’s my blog and why not?

Depending on the response, more ridiculous poetry might follow. I have a classic one about neutering a dog and another about ties. My college years were fecund with creative rapture. Also, I had an intro to poetry writing class.

The Love Song of Immanuel Kant

The a priori concepts

which allow

Intuitions of your

Beauty

to be given to me

through sensibility

are more precious to me

than all

Other conceptions

of Metaphysical Reality.

I (taken as the thinking self)

would give up all other

a posteriori intuitions

for the possibility

of

a mere empirical

apperception of

You.

7 thoughts on “The Love Song of Immanuel Kant

    • Nice. Yeah, this was years ago, but I consider it one of my best poetic achievements. I realized that in my intro to poetry writing class, I can only write free verse. Of course, I feel like that’s not really writing anything, at least when I do it.

      Well, thanks for stopping in.

  1. Great Post. I took a class on Kant in college, and it was the most difficult philosophy class EVER. I still have trouble understanding him! But of course he was brilliant and an amazing philosopher. Good emulation!

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