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 presents some concluding thoughts from the author. It argues that lyric poetry is by definition musical, and that its sounds evoke a sense of justness. They summon into being patterns of thought and feeling that are unsatisfactorily accounted for in disciplined prose—hence “a sense of.” This art often reveals forms of thinking and feeling of which one had little idea, and of which one eventually achieves only an indefinite idea. One does not even hear at once all the music of poetry, and only a portion of what one hears can one identify. Critics search out the orders and name them arcanely, or characterize them by approximation. Named or not, musical elements are combinatory: echoes link words and phrases in ways that do not depend on concepts or propositions.

Keywords: poems; lyric poetry; musicality; music; thinking; feeling

Chapter.  4295 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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