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On Reading Kant
by Brandon Robshaw
Eerie in its grandeur.
Sublime in its mystique.
So abstract that it’s concrete.
An edifice of blocks
of monumental marble:
words as hard as rocks.
Space and time. Causation.
And – the crowning glory –
the synthetic a priori.
It’s like the language of a race of superior beings.
Reading it’s like stumbling under glimmering stars
over a vast expanse of twilit marshes.
Or wandering through an unknown, dimly-lit cathedral,
at evensong, without your glasses.
© Brandon Robshaw 2017
Brandon Robshaw is an Associate Lecturer at the Open University and runs a Philosophy class for the WEA. He is crowdfunding a philosophical novel for Young Adults with Unbound: unbound.com/books/adam-gowers.