Spatial Lyricism

John Kinsella

in Disclosed Poetics

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780719075582
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701034 | DOI:
Spatial Lyricism

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In this chapter, the author talks about spatial lyricism and linguistic disobedience. The lyric is the basis of all his poetry, but its signature is blurred and reconstituted. The difficulty for the lyric in conveying ‘emotional’ content is that it cannot be effective if the material is not carefully controlled. The looser this control, the less we can accept the genuineness of the emotions. Regardless of time and place, at the core of the poem is the object–subject relation. The author's politics and ethics and poetry are inseparable: his vegan anarchist pacifist beliefs inform everything he writes, and he uses language to unsettle a world in which centralisation has denied rights. Is violent language violence? Is this where context comes into its own? The lyric intent softens the aggression. Rhythm is not unique to poetry – and a piece of writing with rhythm is not necessarily poetry or even poetic – but the consistent and regulated control and deployment of rhythm is accepted as one of the foundation blocks of the ‘poem’.

Keywords: spatial lyricism; linguistic disobedience; poetry; rhythm; emotions; object–subject relation; politics; ethics; violence

Chapter.  25718 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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