Poetic Language: Theory and Practice from the Renaissance to the Present

Poetic Language: Theory and Practice from the Renaissance to the Present

by Tom Jones


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The first study of poetic language from a historical and philosophical perspectiveIn a series of 12 chapters, exemplary poems - by Walter Ralegh, John Milton,William Cowper, William Wordsworth, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Wallace Stevens, Ezra Pound, Frank O'Hara, Robert Creeley, W. S. Graham, Tom Raworth, Denise Riley and Thomas A. Clark - are read alongside theoretical discussions of poetic language. The discussions provide a jargon-free account of a wide range of historical and contemporary schools of thought about poetic language, and an organised, coherent critique of those schools (including analytical philosophy, cognitive poetics, structuralism and post-structuralism). Via close readings of poems from 1600 to the present readers are taken through a wide range of styles including modernist, experimental and innovative poetries. Paired chapters within a chronological structure allow lecturers and students to approach the material in a variety of ways (by individual chapters, paired historical periods) that are appropriate to different courses.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780748656172
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 07/31/2012
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Tom Jones is Senior Lecturer at the University of St Andrews

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

How to use this book viii

1 Introduction 1

2 Figure Walter Ralegh 19

3 Selection William Cowper 31

4 Measure William Wordsworth 43

5 Equivalence Gerard Manley Hopkins 56

6 Spirit Wallace Stevens 70

7 Spirit Frank O'Hara 86

8 Measure Robert Creeley 103

9 Deviance W. S. Graham 116

10 Figure Tom Raworth 132

11 Selection Denise Riley 148

12 Equivalence Thomas A. Clark 161

13 Epilogue: Deviance Robert Creeley 175

Further Reading 183

Notes on Poets 189

Glossary 195

Index 200

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