Original Poem: “A Wittgenstein Valentine”

Wittgenstein, photo by Ben Richards

Wittgenstein, photo by Ben Richards

A new biography by Ray Monk, The Life of J Robert Oppenheimer, has been published recently.  A few years back, I read Ray Monk’s biography of Wittgenstein, Ludwig Wittgenstein: Duty of Genius, and have it sitting on my desk to re-read soon. A few days ago, I did re-read the illustrated Wittgenstein For Beginners to get a quick overview of his life and major philosophical ideas when the idea for the following poem came to me:

The inexpressible cannot be expressed:
The best one can hope to do is to describe,
And so Wittgenstein logically concluded.
Therefore, with words, I will cease all striving
To express what is the inexpressible.
Instead, I will try to describe these feelings
And in so doing, express to you my love.

(“A Wittgenstein Valentine” © 2012 by PoeticMeditations.  All rights reserved.)


About poeticmeditations

A 19th-century romantic poet living in the 21st-century. The Romantic poets, nib pens, candlelight, waistcoats, and pocket watches are a few of my favorite things.
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