ABSTRACT “The Philoctetes problem,” so named by Susan Stewart, concerns the limits of human expression: how can individual suffering be expressed in isolation from human listeners? This essay argues that the conventions and usages of pastoral poetry engage this problem and that because of the self-consciousness of pastoral, its poetics are pertinent to the expression of isolated suffering in other modes of poetry.
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PAUL ALPERS; “The Philoctetes Problem” and the Poetics of Pastoral. Representations 1 May 2004; 86 (1): 4–19. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2004.86.1.4
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