First published in 1966, this book is contributed to by authors who share an interest in the literary uses of language. The book gives a close analysis of the language of literature contributed to by critics and linguists, examining linguistic theory and poetry, and as part of this the rhythm and metre of English poetry is deconstructed. Language and its emotive structure is analysed, while the middle chapters of the book address the interaction of linguistic dimensions. Two medievalist scholars conclude the volume, giving a well-rounded examination to the broad and complex study of literary style in the English language. This book is suitable for students and scholars concerned with English literature and linguistics.
1. Linguistic Theory and The Study of Literature
2. The New Criticism and the Language of Poetry
3. By Algebra to Augustanism
4. Taking a Poem to Pieces
5. ‘Prose Rhythm’ and Metre
6. Distich and Sentence in Corneille and Racine
7. ‘Linguistic Reading’: Two Suggestions of the Quality of Literature
8. Linguistics and the Figures of Rhetoric
9. Chaucer’s Epistolary Style
10. The Formulaic Theory and Its Application to English Alliterative Poetry
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