This groundbreaking work takes multimodality studies in a new direction by applying multimodal approaches to the study of poetry and poetics. The book examines poetry’s visual and formal dimensions, applying framing theory to such case studies as Aristotle’s Poetics and Robert Lowell’s "The Heavenly Rain", to demonstrate both the implied, due to the form’s unique relationship with structure, imagery, and rhythm, and explicit forms of multimodality at work, an otherwise little-explored research strand of multimodality studies. The volume explores the theoretical implications of a multimodal approach to poetry and poetics to other art forms and fields of study, making this essential reading for students and scholars working at the intersection of language and communication, including multimodality, discourse analysis, and interdisciplinary literary studies.
Table of Contents
1. Classical Precedents and Contemporary Multimodality 2. Poetry in Multimodal Presentations 3. The forms and functions of rhythm in poetry: from metrical to free verse 4. Imagery in Poetry: Implicit and Explicit 5. The Framing of a Poem 6. The Basis of a New Poetics 7. Implications for Poetics 8. A Further Look at the Imaginative and Fictive 9. What Part Do Rhetoric and Politics Play in the Relationship Between Multimodality and Poetics? 10. A New Approach to Literary Study? 11. Poetry, Writing Process and the New Poetics 12. Implications for Multimodality and Learning Theory
Richard Andrews is Professor in English Education at the University of East Anglia, UK. He is the author of several books for Routledge, including Re-framing Literacy, A Theory of Contemporary Rhetoric and A Prosody of Free Verse: explorations in rhythm.