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A Linguistic Guide to English Poetry by Geoffrey N. Leech PDF

By Geoffrey N. Leech

ISBN-10: 0582550130

ISBN-13: 9780582550131

Seeks to illustrate that the learn of English poetry is enriched by means of the insights of recent linguistic research, and that linguistic and demanding disciplines usually are not separate yet complementary. interpreting a variety of poetry, Professor Leech considers many facets of poetic sort, together with the language of previous and current, inventive language, poetic licence, repetition, sound, metre, context and ambiguity.

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F W. H. A~d;n evolves a sUbje~tless~ articleless style which suggests to me the exile s loss ofa sense ofidentity and ofa co-ordinated view oflife: ;0 There head falls forward, fatigued at evening, And dreams of home, Waving from window, spread ofwelcome, Kissing ofwife under single sheet; But waking sees Bird-flocks nameless to him, through doorway voices Ofnew men making another love. The disjointed syntax of this passage has something in common with that of the ~tyle Joyce uses to represent the interior monologue of Leopold Bloom 111 Ulysses (see the Examples for Discussion at the end of this chapter, page 53).

2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 II Pickwick Papers, Chapter 33. Sec P. L. , 1958, esp, B. HAVRANEK, 'The Functional Differentiation of the Standard Language', 1-18; and J. MUKAROVSKY, 'Standard Language and Poetic Language', r Sff 'Forcgrounding ' is Garvin's translation (sec n. 3) of the Czech term aktualisace. MUKAROVSKY, op. , 23. J. LENNON,Johll Lennon ill His OWII Tf'rite, London, 1964, 66. See R. WELlEK, 'The Main Trends ofTwcnticth Century Criticism', in Concepts of Criticism, cd. s. G. NICHOLS, New Haven, 1963.

LEE, loc. cit. An excellent linguistic account of parallelism is to be found in R. JAKOBSON, •Grammatical Parallelism and its Russian Facet", Language 42, 2 (1966 ), 399-429. ). On the concepts of phoneme, syllable, and stress consult A. C. G1MSON, All Introduction to the Pronunciation ojEl/glish, London, 1962, esp. 42-56, 234-239. On 72 CHAPT ER FOUR TRIM, ~he specific matter of syllable division, see J. D. O'CONNOR and J. L. M. (1953), 2 9, Word, on', Definiti gical Phonolo a Vowel, Consona nt and Syllable 12 13 14 IS 16 17 103- 22, esp.

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