Poetic Diction A Study in Meaning

ISBN-10: 081956026X
ISBN-13: 9780819560261
Edition: 2nd
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List price: $21.95
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 12/1/1984
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 238
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Poetic Diction, first published in 1928, begins by asking why we call a given grouping of words "poetry" and why these arouse "aesthetic imagination" and produce pleasure in a receptive reader. Returning always to this personal experience of poetry, Owen Barfield at the same time seeks objective standards of criticism and a theory of poetic diction in broader philosophical considerations on the relation of world and thought. His profound musings explore concerns fundamental to the understanding and appreciation of poetry, including the nature of metaphor, poetic effect, the difference between verse and prose, and the essence of meaning. CONTRIBUTOR: Howard Nemerov.

Nemerov's poetry is known for its wit and intelligence. His poetry is stoical and ironical. In his essays, he has argued against both what he considers to be the slackness of "free form" and the rigidity of prescriptive measures from the past. Nemerov's first book of poetry, The Image and Law (1947), was well received by critics, while The Salt Garden (1955) reflects the themes he was to develop in his writing, especially a concern for nature. The Blue Swallows (1967) received mixed reviews but won him the first Roethke Memorial Prize. He also received the Oscar Blumenthal Prize (1958), the Harriet Monroe Memorial Prize (1959), the National Institute and American Academy Award in literature (1961), and the Pulitzer Prize (1978). A lively and uncompromising critic, he has selected for his Poetry and Fiction: Essays of the 1970s emphasizing twentieth-century literature and the contemporary stance of the critic. Journal of the Fictive Life (1965) is Nemerov's somewhat grim introspective search for the conditions that make a writer most creative. He became the third poet laureate of the United States in 1988.

Foreword
Preface to first edition
Preface to second edition
Definition and Examples
The Effects of Poetry
Metaphor
Meaning and Myth
Language and Poetry
The Poet
The Making of Meaning (I)
The Making of Meaning (II)
Verse and Prose
Archaism
Strangeness
Conclusion
Afterword
Index

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