Plastic Time and Poetic Middles: Benjamin’s Hölderlin

McCall’s essay provides a summary and interpretation of Walter Benjamin’s early “Two Poems of Friedrich Hölderlin.” McCall argues that this essay provides an anti-aesthetic mode of reading that ties it to a tradition of “poetic calculation” (rather than “inspiration”). McCall shows how the notion of calculaton and “caesura” are bound up with Hölderlin’s own theoretical writing and poetic practice.