Affective Virtues

Controlling category
Intervening link
Value of the world

Beauty continuously escapes grasp, ultimately unattainable except as reflected in a mirror. Poetry relates in equal terms to beauty, without subordination and without definite attainable knowledge destinations. In this dance, poetry tends toward beauty not as an object to be known or to be made, but as support in an integrated view of the affective, appreciative dimensions of existence.

“It only wants to manifest the-inwardness of the artist together with the things which resound in it–and if poetic intuition is really expressed it will inevitably be expressed in beauty, even without meaning it, for any real expression of poetic intuition derives from it integrity, consonance, and radiance.” – Jacques Maritain