Practical Stylistics: An Approach to Poetry

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OUP Oxford, Sep 3, 1992 - Foreign Language Study - 230 pages
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This book takes a particular perspective on the nature of poetry and follows this through to proposals for teaching. It focuses attention on how the use of language in short poems can set up conditions for individual interpretation and the representation of reality in ways other than those which are established by normal social convention. This view of poetry, it is argued, leads to a recognition of its essential role in education, and provides a set of principles for an approach to teaching it which integrates the study of language and literature.
 

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Contents

common features and uncouth rhymes
3
Significance beyond plain speaking
11
reference and representation
16
the poem on the page
26
Verbal patterning and the grammar of representation
32
Time and place in a different dimension
39
Other patterns alternative realities
45
Parallel lines and parallel texts
50
line assembly
92
verse blanks
102
Intertextual comparison and the use of variants
108
Comparing poems with prose description
117
Deriving poems from prose description
127
Deriving and comparing poetic variants
136
composing interim versions
145
Using prose paraphrases
151

Intertextual associations
55
Aesthetic effects and relative values
61
So the meaning escapes
67
In summary
71
PART TWO The teaching of poetry
73
The point of poetry
74
Educational relevance recreation and language awareness
77
Pedagogic approaches against exegesis
86
Comparing derived and authorized versions
155
Comparing different modes of poetic writing
166
In conclusion
179
Notes
182
Appendix
208
Bibliography
221
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Professor Henry Widdowson is Emeritus Professor of Education, University of London, and has also been Professor of Applied Linguistics at Essex University and Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Vienna.

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