From Philippe Jaccottet Selected Poems trans Derek Mahon (Wake Forest University Press).
Implicit in lyric is a system of ‘persons’— auditors and speakers — and the activizing of these undermines the dualism of modern knowledge. The implied ‘you’ may become a central principle and its emergence in full immanence the drama of the poem. Jaccottet’s address to this ‘you’ fulfills the promise of lyric as a threshold between human and divine.
Yes this comment bristles with theories about lyric. We need a coherent demonstration of lyric’s role in contemporary cultural work against nihilism of modernity/capitalism.