The Aural Ellipsis and the Nature of Listening in Contemporary Poetry

Nick Piombino

in Close Listening

Published in print July 1998 | ISBN: 9780195109924
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199855261 | DOI:
The Aural Ellipsis and the Nature of Listening in Contemporary Poetry

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This chapter presents the idea of “aural ellipsis”, a term used to define certain effects of indeterminacy in writing, reading, and listening to contemporary poetry. It also discusses the effect of the “aural ellipsis” in poetry and how in certain readings of poetry, the author is hearing something parallel but otherwise mysteriously inaccessible, compared to what he was listening to when listening to becomes listening for. The chapter also emphasizes the distinction that can be made between written works, those that can be appreciated by means of ordinary silent reading and those in which each word should be heard read aloud. The complex nature of the relationship between thinking and listening is at the heart of the experience of listening to poetry. The aural ellipses of the contemporary poem ensure that there will be spaces for invention on the part of the listener.

Keywords: aural ellipsis; contemporary poetry; effect of aural ellipsis; contemporary poem; indeterminacy in writing

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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