The Aesthetics of E. Ethelbert Miller’s Poetics of Solidarity and Identification: A Phenomenological Reading

Abdullah H. Kurraz


The aesthetic poetics of identification and solidarity are thematically and phenomenologically dominant and inspirational in the poems of the modern African American poet E. Ethelbert Miller. This paper derives from the assumptions of the phenomenological critical theory stated by the German philosopher Edmund Husserl and the French philosopher Gaston Bachelard, mainly human consciousness, poetic imagination and intention, and thematic implications. The argument features Miller’s poetic creativity of portraying his own concerns and experiences. It explores his thematic implications of social, political, human, and personal concerns. Meanwhile, Miller’s poetic imagination and intention are introduced as poetic motives for readers to show human solidarity and identification with the poetic self and consciousness.

Keywords: phenomenology, aesthetics, poetic intention and imagination, human consciousness, and identification. 

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DOI Prefix: 10.20286