Robert Von Hallberg

in Lyric Powers

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780226865003
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226865027 | DOI:

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This chapter considers the meaning of affirmation from poetry. It argues that the objective of poetry is encouragement. Poets cannot praise constantly, granted, and yet the deepest power of poetry comes from praise, not criticism. Poetic affirmation begins in the richness and physicality of language. Sounds accompany written signs, but the acoustic features of poetic language often become signs themselves.

Keywords: lyric poetry; affirmation; poets; encouragement; praise; poetic language

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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