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The Prophetic-Poetic Dimension Of Philosophy: The Ars Poetica And Immanuel Of Rome

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In addition to the allusions and quotations from Judah Romano, both direct and indirect, and the critique of Maimonides, a further interesting aspect of Immanuel's concept of poetry is the indirect reference he makes to Horace's Ars poetica in the introduction to the Maḥbarot. Some elements of the preface to the Maḥbarot are astonishing in their similarity to the Ars poetica. Immanuel tells us that all his poetic compositions have been stolen by other would-be poets. Manuello is here applying a commonplace of Jewish apologia to the dispersion of his verses, with the "nations" being represented by the would-be-poets "who brought books full of verses from which they tried to glean among the sheaves". According to Immanuel of Rome, poetry is the rhetorical and philosophical medium through which it becomes possible to reach the intellectus agens, to fulfill the unio poetica/mystica that becomes a source of discernment and wisdom.

Keywords: Ars poetica; Immanuel of Rome; Immanuel's poetry; intellectus agens; Judah Romano; Maḥbarot



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