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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The musicality of poetry is a topic that invites abstraction: a metaphorical understanding of one art in terms of another leads one away from particular poems and songs. This chapter focuses not only on the meaning of musicality in poetry, but also on the practical resources of musicality for poets and readers. It proposes two models of musicality: the first derives from the sounds of conventional discourse—particularly literary and social conventions; the second means to express the body itself. Musicality, that is, pushes to one side the categories of orphic and civil. Or rather the range of expression designated by those categories is altogether encompassed by the varieties of musicality retrievable in poetry.

Keywords: poetry; musicality; literary conventions; social conventions; expression

Chapter.  15200 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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