By Geoffrey N. Leech

ISBN-10: 0582550130

ISBN-13: 9780582550131

Seeks to illustrate that the examine of English poetry is enriched via the insights of contemporary linguistic research, and that linguistic and demanding disciplines should not separate yet complementary. reading quite a lot of poetry, Professor Leech considers many facets of poetic type, together with the language of previous and current, inventive language, poetic licence, repetition, sound, metre, context and ambiguity.

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The fair breeze blew, the white foam flew The furrow followed free; , We were the first that ever burst Into that silent sea. It would take a pag~ to list the many interlocking foregrounded patterns _ metre, end-rhyme, internal rhyme, alliteration, and syntactic parallelism _ in this short passage. will cover all the diverse examples of its occurrence, inside and outside poetry. Linguistic parallelism is very often connected with rhetorical emphasis and memorability. In nursery rhymes and ballads, it affords an artless kind of pleasure in itself, and probably has and needs no further justification.

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