Download PDF by Geoffrey N. Leech: A Linguistic Guide to English Poetry

By Geoffrey N. Leech

ISBN-10: 0582550130

ISBN-13: 9780582550131

Seeks to illustrate that the examine of English poetry is enriched by way of the insights of recent linguistic research, and that linguistic and important disciplines aren't separate yet complementary. reading quite a lot of poetry, Professor Leech considers many features of poetic type, together with the language of earlier and current, artistic language, poetic licence, repetition, sound, metre, context and ambiguity.

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See R. WELlEK, 'The Main Trends ofTwcnticth Century Criticism', in Concepts of Criticism, cd. s. G. NICHOLS, New Haven, 1963. Also B. LEE, 'The New Criticism and the Language of Poetry', in FOWLER, op. , 29-3 0. W. Y. TINDALL, A Reader'sGuide to Dylan Thomas, London, 1962, II7· See G. N. 2 (1965), 66-75. Linguistic analysis and interpretation here correspond partially to what Richards calls the "technical part' and the' critical part' respectively of literary exegesis. Sec 1. A. RICHARDS, Principles oj Literary Criticism, London, 1925, 23-24.

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