Martin Heidegger was a German philosopher and he was born in According to Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, he is widely. Heidegger’s discussion of Holderlin’s line “ally man dwells” serves to illuminate this assertion, and by reading Heidegger’s discussion, one sees that. Poetically Man Dwells in Game Space: .. Martin Heidegger’s phenomenology has seen a resurgence with the rise of hermeneutics as an.

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Skip to main content. Log In Sign Up. The text …Poetically Man Dwells… dichterisch wohnet der Mensch was first delivered as a lecture mqn 6th of October It complements Building Dwelling Thinking delivered same year. Together, the two texts make a unified whole. While in ppoetically first text less attention was dedicated to thinking, in this one the “injustice” is corrected.

Special consideration here is given to the relationship between thought and language. Language manifests itself, according to Heidegger, in all its glory through poetry.

So he treats together poetry and thinking. From thence Heidegger draws the central theme of the essay, namely, poetic dwelling.

At the very outset of this essay, Heidegger asks the questions: Heidegger sets these issues given the crisis of housing in post-war Germany. This lecture was given immediately after the Second World War, which led to an incomprehensible scale of destruction and massive shortage of homes.

The increasing speed of life was another problem, the struggle for profit and success, as well as the expansion of the recreational industry. In a technological age, poetry was thus reduced to literature or dismissed as unnecessary dreaming.


Along those lines, Heidegger criticizes Western technological understanding and the search for efficiency and effectiveness, for which, poetry is a waste of time. The phrase “poetically man dwells” is taken from the poem of the poet who, as Heidegger says: Heidegger emphasizes that poetry is “the way of poets to shut their eyes hridegger actuality. Instead of acting, they dream.

What they make is merely imagined. The things of imagination are merely made” The main question is: Heidegger thinks that this statement “speaks of man’s dwelling. Above all, [he] does not assert that to dwell means to occupy a house, a dwelling place” For Heidegger, poetic dwelling is much deeper than ordinary living in an apartment, thus he says: Poetry is what really lets us dwell ” For Heidegger, dwelling rests on poetic creation.

And this is achieved, he thinks, through building. Furthermore, Heidegger finds this particular kind of a building in the poetic creation. He thinks that we are facing a double claim.

On the one hand, he stresses to deal with exploring the essence of dwelling, while on the other, the essence of poetic creation as letting dwell. However, he goes one step further, by saying that the essence of dwelling is a “distinctive kind of building” The research of the essence of poetic creation, it seems, will lead us to the essence of dwelling. Language speaks One of the distinctive elements in Heidegger’s writing is the digging of the depths of language.


Seeking the essence of dwelling and poetic creation, Heidegger comes to language. He thinks that the essence of a thing can be included, understood only as receiving. This receiving occurs as a result of listening to the speaking of language. As a mortal, one must be open to the speaking of language and have respect for the essence of this speech. Heidegger uncovers inversion of this relationship in the modern condition. It is the inversion of the primacy between language and man.

Namely, language is always first and highest in his primacy and then comes a man. When this natural order is reversed, we come to a strange situation in which language is considered only as a means of expression, as secondary actor and mere medium.

Heidegger says that this “error” with the loss of the primacy of language will not escape his thinking. Primacy of language is so important that even man “first speaks when, and only when, he responds to language by listening to its appeal” Man is not in any state of a passive listener, but an active element.

His task is to be open to the call of the language. This call is far from the technological ordering and much closer to poetic creation and the expectation of the Muses for the call to the poet to extract poetry from him, or rather, through him. The call of language, for Heidegger, refers to poetic creation and thinking. So he says that language directs us to the essence of a thing: But the responding in which man authentically listens to the appeal of language is that which speaks in the element of poetry.

Poetic saying, it seems, has access to a deeper reality to the being itself. Language as a “house of being” calls us, and, it is up to us to respond. For Heidegger, this listening creates a circle. It constantly reinforces the attitude of listening and responding to the call.

The response to the call of language through poetic creation opens a place for us in freedom. Here also it is opened the place of truth i understood in its fullness, not only in the usual meaning as simple accuracy or inaccuracy.

Merits Full of merit, yet poetically, man Dwells on this earth. HeideggerThe merits refer to human dwelling on Earth. Man dwells by fostering the growing things of the earth and through the rise of other things that do not grow by themselves. Heidegger speaks of two kinds of building: For these two types of building, a man is “full of merit. For Heidegger, these types of building are just a consequence of the essence of dwelling.

The grounding, Heidegger thinks, must come from a different kind of building. These two types of building are common, therefore we think they are the only kinds of building.

They give merits to man. For Heidegger, between building and dwelling there is an essential relationship. This raises more questions than it provides answers for Heidegger’s notion of poetic dwelling and building.

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From this statement we see that, for him, poftically dwelling refers not only to poets, but to all people at all the times. So, poetic dwelling is not only characteristic of the builders. It is a prerequisite for all dwelling!


For Heidegger, only if a man “built, builds or will build” of this particular kind, only then is he capable of dwelling. For him the context is very important.

Therefore, he interprets the expression “on this earth. The poetic separates us from the earth, it makes us “fly in the clouds” and get into the realm of the fantastic. But Heidegger thinks this is a feature of dwellls that can be labelled “distorted”.

A “real” poetry strengthens us on Earth, and on “this earth” in particular. Poetry does not fly above and surmount the earth in order to escape it and hover ppetically it.

Poetry is what first brings man onto the earth, making him belong to it, and thus brings him into dwelling. From this the question arises: Of course the poeticallly is a clear – no! There is a difference between the same and the equal.

It is, however, important to take note here of an essential point. A short parenthetical remark is needed. Poetry and thinking meet each other in one and the same only when, and only as long as, they remain distinctly in the distinctness of their heideyger.

The same never coincides with the equal, not even in the empty indifferent oneness of what is merely identical.

The equal or identical always moves toward the absence of difference, so that everything may jan reduced to a common denominator. The same, by contrast, is the belonging together of what differs, through swells gathering by way ofthe difference. We can only say “the same” if we think difference. It is in the carrying out and settling of differences that the gathering nature of sameness comes to light. The same banishes all zeal always to level what is different into the equal or identical.

The equal, on the contrary, disperses them into the dull unity of mere uniformity. On the one hand, technological worldview sees things through the prism of their identity or difference. Therefore, there is a mass production of identical units. Against the technological paradigm stands the poetic. According to it, no work of poetic creation is identical.

Hwidegger measuring The poetic measuring represents a central theme of the text …Poetically Man Dwells… Man stays on earth between it and the sky. He also stands between his own essence as mortal and the immortals. Only in the realm of heidrgger toil does man toil for “merits. But at the same time, in this realm, man is allowed to look up, out of it, through it, toward the divinities.