Introduction: The Sound of Poetry / The Poetry of Sound

in The Sound of Poetry / The Poetry of Sound

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780226657424
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226657448 | DOI:
Introduction: The Sound of Poetry / The Poetry of Sound

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The theme of this book originated from the Presidential Forum in 2006 held at the Modern Language Association annual convention. The book focuses on the fact that poetry inherently involves the structuring of sound. The linguistic studies of prosody have done much less to dampen the interest in poetic sound than has the continuing dominance of romantic lyric theory, with its equation of “poetry” and “lyric,” coupled with an understanding of “lyric” as the mode of subjectivity. At once the antithesis of meaning and the very essence of meaning, sound in poetry articulate the same problems that have attended early twentieth-century definitions of the category of “poetry” itself, reflecting the identical logic at a fractal remove. Thus, this book describes that simultaneously bridging and sequestering, sound has accordingly been understood as both the defining opposite of meaning and the very essence of meaning.

Keywords: poetry; sound; linguistic studies; poetic sound; lyric

Chapter.  6780 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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