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P. Middleton

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (4 ed.)

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... John Dewey gave credence to this idea in Art as Experience ( 1934 ), saying that the artist is an experimenter who is “as unsatisfied with what is established as is a geographic explorer or a scientific inquirer.” Mina Loy’s poem “Gertrude Stein” (written 1924 ) calls her “Curie / of the laboratory / of vocabulary” investigating the “radium of the word” ( Gottfried Benn also spoke of the “Laboratorium für Worte”). Experiment could also lead to broader models of inquiry in which poets might observe the natural world ( D. H. Lawrence ’s Birds, Beasts, and...