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Pina De Luca


This essay intends to show how the isle of Capri has played a role for Rilke in the experience of how things get away from their usual daily appearances due to the sudden incursion of an excess which is not before or beyond the nature but in the nature itself. This experience involves first of all the sphere of the senses by producing the collapse of the perceptive habits: sight, touch, smell, hearing, taste are overcome by an intransitive and irreducible excess which cannot be seized or grabbed. What Rilke experiences in Capri is therefore a sensorial trauma which implies a re-education of the senses. It is a matter of reaching a neutral sensoriality, non-invasive, but movable, widespread, flexible and thus capable of a new form of hospitality of things which never turns into possession.


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