By Geoffrey N. Leech
Seeks to illustrate that the learn of English poetry is enriched through the insights of recent linguistic research, and that linguistic and important disciplines aren't separate yet complementary. analyzing a variety of poetry, Professor Leech considers many points of poetic sort, together with the language of previous and current, inventive language, poetic licence, repetition, sound, metre, context and ambiguity.
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Ha~ing made this distinction, we may further observe that parallelism I~ typical ofmany other aspects ofhuman culture apart from literature. ' (' Have you never seen a dance? 15 Similarly in music: The op~ning bars of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony forcefully illustrate the patt~rnmg of ~~nstan~s and ~ariables which is basic to almost all aspects of mJ musical form. In this case It IS the rhythmic figure "I with a £111 on the last note which is the invariant part of the theme; the actual tonal values of the notes make up the variable element.
Are felt to be a positive distraction and hindrance to communication unless they are artistically justified. The parallelisms of versification belong to a class ofextra regularities which, like routine licences, are not foregrounded in poetry. But we may assume that in general,foregrounded regularities like foregrmmded irregularities, require an interpretation. The assignment of significance to a parallelism rests upon a simple principle of equivalence. Every parallelism sets up a relationship of equivalence between two or more elements: the elements which are singled out by the pattern as being parallel.
A Linguistic Guide to English Poetry by Geoffrey N. Leech