Jan Zwicky

Jan Zwicky is a musician, philosopher and award-winning poet. In 1999, she won the Governor General’s Literary Award for poetry for Songs for Relinquishing the Earth. Her Thirty-seven Small Songs & Thirteen Silences was also nominated for the Pat Lowther Award and the Dorothy Livesay Prize in 2006.

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Wisdom & Metaphor
Jan Zwicky

2003 / Philosophy / $69.95
9781894031813 / Fine / 288 pp

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“The shape of metaphorical thought is also the shape of wisdom,” states Jan Zwicky in her introduction to Wisdom & Metaphor, “What a human mind must do in order to comprehend a metaphor is a version of what it must do in order to be wise.” In this follow-up to her astonishingly original book Lyric Philosophy (1992), Zwicky sets out to explore the ways in which metaphorical thought links to wisdom: “Those who think metaphorically are enabled to think truly,” suggests Zwicky, “because the shape of their thinking echoes the shape of the world.” Zwicky’s prose style is the very model of her thesis, echoing the measured, sure-spoken clarity of her poetry, guiding the reader through multiple layers of meaning in the right-hand/left-hand voice style that she employed so successfully in Lyric Philosophy. Wisdom & Metaphor is a stunning work that will engage a broad range of readers.
“There’s a reasonable chance that people will be reading [Zwicky’s] work a century from now. This is something that one says of only a very small number of philosophers.” Dr. James Young, Chair, Dept. of Philosphy, University of Victoria

“It is one that should be read, considered and then reread, since there is no doubt that what Zwicky has given us is a book of wisdom.” Anne Simpson, Halifax Chronicle Herald

Is a special edition of the book: 9781554470549

Other Books by this Author

Lyric Philosophy
Jan Zwicky

2011 / Philosophy / $74.95 CAN
9781554470884 / Hardcover / 896 pp
Jan Zwicky

2011 / Poetry / $19.95 CAN
9781554470976 / Trade paper / 80 pp
Plato as Artist
Jan Zwicky

2009 / Philosophy / $25.95 CAN
9781554470754 / Trade paper / 112 pp
Wisdom & Metaphor
Jan Zwicky

2008 / Philosophy / $41.95 CAN
9781554470549 / Hardcover / 320 pp
A Ragged Pen: Essays on Poetry & Memory
Jan Zwicky, Robert Finley, Patrick Friesen, Aislinn Hunter, Anne Simpson

2006 / Essays / $22.95 CAN
9781554470303 / Trade paper / 96 pp
Thirty-seven Small Songs & Thirteen Silences
Jan Zwicky

2005 / Poetry / $49.95 CAN
9781554470006 / Fine / 80 pp
Thirty-seven Small Songs & Thirteen Silences
Jan Zwicky

2005 / Poetry / $18.95 CAN
9781554470013 / Trade paper / 80 pp
Wisdom & Metaphor
Jan Zwicky

2003 / Philosophy / $31.95 CAN
9781894031783 / Trade paper / 288 pp

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