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The poem : lyric, sign, metre

Author: Don Paterson
Publisher: London : Faber & Faber, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Poem attempts to answer several questions: what is a poem? In what way is its use of language distinct? What conditions allow it to arise, and what is its cultural purpose? And how, exactly, do poems work? Part polemic, part technical treatise and part meditation, The Poem is an ambitious contemporary ars poetica. Paterson looks at the writing, transmission and reading of poetry with wit and scholarly flair,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Don Paterson
ISBN: 9780571206629 057120662X
OCLC Number: 1021235210
Description: xix, 732 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Pt. I Lyric: The Sound of the Poem --
Poetry and Music --
Memory --
Silence --
The Phonestheme --
Noise --
Lyric, Vowel and Consonant --
Rhyme --
The Lyric Weave --
Things and Thought --
pt. II Sign: The Domain of the Poem --
Introduction --
The Conceptual Domain --
Types of Trope --
The Poetic Contract --
Concrete, Abstract and Symbol --
Four Semes, Four Tropes --
Towards a Taxonomy of Poetic Trope --
Deixis, paranoia and Errors in Transmission --
The Intertextual --
Meaning and Reading --
pt. III Metre: The Rhythm of the Poem --
Introduction --
Some Basic Terms --
A Glossary of Terms in Metre and Scansion --
Pulse --
Isochrony --
Stress --
Metre and the Foot --
'Resting State' Prosody --
Introjection, Projection, Metricality and Convergence --
Overdetermination --
The Line and Memory --
Line Length --
Line-Break and Enjambment --
Line Beginnings --
Closure --
The Caesura --
Punctuation --
A Note on the Prose Poem --
The Alternate Stress Rule --
Alternate Stress in Language --
The AS Matrix --
The Limitations of the AS Matrix --
The Problem of Notation --
AS and Ghosts --
Nuclear Stress in the AS Matrix --
AS: Key Points --
Tight, Loose and Light Metres --
Free Verse and Free Metre --
Polysemic Verse and Stress --
Strong Stress Metre: Anglo-Saxon Verse, 'Accentual Metre' and Rap --
Phrasemic Analysis --
Towards a Definition of Poetic Function --
Two Kinds of Line: 4-Strong and Iambic Pentameter --
The Dramatic and Lyric Modes of I.P. --
Scansion: Notational Systems in the Four Metre-Types --
Two Criticisms --
Projection Errors --
The Rules of Metrical Variation --
Interpretative Scansion: A Method --
Scanning Tight Metres --
Scanning Loose Metres --
Scanning Light Metres --
A Note on Metrical Composition --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Don Paterson.

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Don Paterson is not only one of our great poets, but also an esteemed authority on the art of poetry. The Poem is a treatise on the art of poetry in three sections - one on lyric, the music of poetic  Read more...

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