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A Linguistic Guide to English Poetry

1st Edition

By Geoffrey N. Leech

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256 pages

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Description

Seeks to demonstrate that the study of English poetry is enriched by the insights of modern linguistic analysis, and that linguistic and critical disciplines are not separate but complementary. Examining a wide range of poetry, Professor Leech considers many aspects of poetic style, including the language of past and present, creative language, poetic licence, repetition, sound, metre, context and ambiguity.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Introduction

1. Poetry and the Language of past and present. Examples for discussion

2. The Creative use of Language. Examples for discussion

3. Variations of Poetic Licence. Examples for discussion

4. Foregrounding and Interpretation. Examples for discussion

5. Verbal Repetition. Examples for discussion

6. Patterns of Sound. Examples for discussion

7. Metre. Examples for discussion

8. The Irrational in Poetry. Examples for discussion

9. Figurative Language. Examples for discussion

10. Honest Deceptions. Examples for discussion

11. Implications of context. Examples for discussion

12. Ambiguity and Indeterminacy. Example for discussion

Conclusion

Suggestions for further reading

General Index

Index of sources of examples for discussion

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAN000000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General
LAN009000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General