Elegies of Form in Bishop, Plath, Stevenson

Angela Leighton

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 121, 2002 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780197263037
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734007 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Elegies of Form in Bishop, Plath, Stevenson

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This lecture discusses form, which is a term that has multiform meanings and is contradictory. It looks at the sense of form found in the works of Sylvia Plath, Elizabeth Bishop, and Anne Stevenson. Form is not simply as a matter of formal technique, but as an object in a tradition that goes back to Victorian aestheticism's playful commodifications of its own formal pleasures. It states that the sense of elegy may be greater or lesser, depending on the poem.

Keywords: form; sense of form; Sylvia Plath; Elizabeth Bishop; Anne Stevenson; formal technique; Victorian aestheticism; formal pleasures; sense of elegy

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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