A Linguistic History of English Poetry
Routledge, 2005 M07 25 - 240 pages
This introductory book takes the reader through literary history from the Renaissance to Postmodernism, and considers individual texts as paradigms which can both reflect and unsettle their broader linguistic and cultural contexts. Richard Bradford provides detailed readings of individual texts which emphasize their relation to literary history and broader socio-cultural contexts, and which take into account developments in structuralism and postmodernism. Texts include poems by Donne, Herbert, Marvell, Milton, Pope, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Blake, Keats, Hopkins, Browning, Pound, Eliot, Carlos Williams, Auden, Larkin and Geoffrey Hill.
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abstract aesthetic Augustan axis ballad Blake blank verse broader century Chapter circumstances cognitive cohesion Coleridge’s complex condition Consider context conventional correspondences counterpart couplet create critics cultural deictic deictic features dimension distinction Donne Donne’s double pattern effect eighteenth-century elements Eliot enclosed encounter experience flea foregrounding formal formula free verse grammatical heroic couplet iambic pentameter images interpretive intrinsic Jakobson langue linguistic literary lyric Lyrical Ballads meaning mediation metaphor metaphysical metasyntax metonymic metre metrical Milton modernist naturalisation non-poetic discourse objective Paradise Lost particular perception poem poem’s poet poetic form poetic function poetic language poetry Pope’s pre-linguistic prose reader reference referential function regular relation relationship rhyme scheme Romantic semantic sense sentence sequence shift signifying situation sliding scale social sonnet sound pattern speaker speaking presence speech act stanza structure stylistic syntactic syntagm syntagmatic syntax T.S.Eliot tension textual Tintern Abbey utterance verb phrase verse paragraph visual Williams’s words Wordsworth writing