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:
A WITTGENSTEIN VALENTINE
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.)