... thus, the poem as art-work. the art-work as entity, organism, a specific thing with its quiddity, etc.
What gives the poem as artwork its particular form? beginnings & endings... narrative a subset of dramatic form? (identification, crisis, denouement...)
underlying this focus on the poem as "sculpture" is a formal shape. perhaps it's the form of drama (unfolding plot-flower, flowerpot). or perhaps my obsession with this is just a symptom of the librarian's disease : to see everything in terms of closure between the covers of a book. summa everythingumologica.
that's what I want, though : the drama in the book. the Great American Hovel.