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Not Sound

Johanna Drucker

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226657448.003.0019
Not Sound

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This chapter fuses the idea that the poetic production that are “not sound” with a discussion of Laura Mandell's work because her grounding in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century romantic poetry is linked to her activities in digital humanities. In the modern period, poetic works based entirely in visual composition take their place in the canon alongside works whose composition derived from song or verse. This independent tradition pushes graphical features to an extreme, and its anomalous character makes it easy to bracket “visual” poetry off as if it were an exclusive domain. In early print culture, news ballads such as those announcing the defeat of the Spanish Armada are identifiable as ballads because of the distribution of lines on the sheet. The semantic contributions of graphical codes are also substantive elements of poetic, literary, and textual fields that have acquired their conventions and uses through historical and cultural circumstances.

Keywords: sound; romantic poetry; poetic works; visual; print culture; graphical codes

Chapter.  4633 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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