- The function of poetry is to obtain for everybody one kind of success at the limits of the autonomy of the will.
1.2 The abandonment of the autonomy of the will of the speaking person as a speaker constitutes a form of knowledge—poetic knowledge. The knowledge that not “I” speaks but “language speaks” (Heidegger). The function of this knowledge is to rescue the natural will at the point of its death, that is to say, at the point where death arrests its intention.
1.3 Poetry is produced by the mortality of body and soul, the immiscibility of minds, and the postponement of the end of the world.
1.4 The kind of success poetry facilitates is called “immortality.”