The fragmentary pre-socratic record abounds in aphorisms, Nietszche wrote poetic & prophetic prose, the continental tradition is highly literary - to the point where it is incomprehensible to the uninitiated (I would even suggest Badious use of Set Theory (a rational mode of thinking par-excellance) is being used in a literary & poetic fashion (despite appearances)).
This shows, I think that poetry & philosophy, far from being mutually exclusive, can illuminate each other. However, it is possible that philosophy phrased in this way can be trasnlated into a normative discursive style; but is this true for all such, or are in some cases something essential is lost?
Has anyone discussed the relationship between Poetry & Philosophy?
EDIT:In Shakespeares Midsummers Night Dream he has Theseus say:
The poet's eye, in fine frenzy rolling,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven;
And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name