“…Poetically Man Dwells…”

Martin Heidegger is a German philosopher who received education in the fields of divinity and christian philosophy.  He is well known with his philosophical thought besides his political career which quite often casts a cloud over his ideas.

The essay “…Poetically Man Dwells…” by Martin Heidegger is exploring the phrase “poetically man dwells” of Friedrich Hölderlin in a widely sense in which he criticize diverse aspects through some chosen statements of the poem.

Heidegger, initially clarifies the world “dwelling” -for the aim of making a clearer comprehension- as not occupying a building, yet dwelling on earth. (In that sense poetical dwelling should be understood as the poetry is the cause of dwelling not as a fictitious imaginary world.) The earth which is beneath the sky on the upward glance. All between of sky and earth defines the enclosure of a man for dwelling. Then a discussion occur in what defines the measurement that man need for dwelling is the distance between earth and sky, or the two are placed through this measurement?!. Yet, through the poem Heidegger states that man measure out his dwelling on earth against something heavenly. Measure in between earth and heaven. This exact point is what makes dwelling poetic. It is poetic because the measure between two is not quantifiable. The heaven is unknown beyond sky and sky is where the appearances of all these hidden unknowns appear on its unknown border, so what the man measure is not the reality, but what is perceivable.

Heidegger, through his final statements asserts that “Poetry and dwelling not only do not exclude each other; on the contrary, poetry and dwelling belong together, each calling for the other.” In order to think of this sentence I might claim that, since the poetry is the very nature of dwelling, gauging as the heart of this poetical thought, becomes the very primary configuration of building. (sense of poetic taking of measure)

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