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The Overt Mode of Repetition: Sound

Cecile Chu-chin Sun

in The Poetics of Repetition in English and Chinese Lyric Poetry

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780226780207
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226780221 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226780221.003.0003
The Overt Mode of Repetition: Sound

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This chapter is devoted entirely to the comparison of the overt mode of repetition in English and Chinese poems, with reference to sounds, words, and verse lines. The overt mode is the earliest-used mode of repetition, and it was crucial to the origins of poetry in many cultures, including those of China and England. It first arose in a primarily oral stage of culture as the main means of retaining and transmitting memorable thoughts and feelings. In both traditions, the close triad of poetry, music, and dance during that stage was not simply dictated by communal demands, but was first and foremost driven by powerful feelings that sought to express themselves through various modes of repetition involving the whole body and soul. Although the focus of this chapter is on sound repetition, the relationship between sound and sense is considered throughoutdue to the intimate relationship between these twin elements in poetry.

Keywords: overt mode; sound repetition; poetic repetition; poetry; music; dance; sense; Chinese poems; English poems

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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