By Geoffrey N. Leech

Seeks to illustrate that the examine of English poetry is enriched via the insights of recent linguistic research, and that linguistic and demanding disciplines aren't separate yet complementary. reading a variety of poetry, Professor Leech considers many elements of poetic sort, together with the language of prior and current, inventive language, poetic licence, repetition, sound, metre, context and ambiguity.

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Land, IIIJ the poetic heightening of the syntax (shown particularly 111 the inversion of adjective and noun) ironically belittles the character and event d~­ scribed. The adjective carbuncular, too, despite its polysyllabic resonance, IS ludicrously incompatible with the lofty sentime~lts the s~tax leads us to expect. This clash between matter and manner IS the ba~Is of the mock heroic style cultivated in the eighteenth century,. a. ste~eotyped pose of mock-seriousness not necessarily combmed WIth satirical intent.

But according to the syntax, 'truth is' must belong to exan as own its on left is 'here' so and clause begun III the previous line, clan:at~ry con~lusion. IC? o~ course could not have arisen if the poet had used convenrional capItahzatIOn and punctuation. 3·2·5 Semantic Deviation great W. B. oe~ry. H r TIllS IS ~he characteristic ofpoet ry we have under focus when we conside the tOpIC of semantic deviation. It ~s re~sonabl~ t? translate 'semantic deviati on' mentally into 'nonconsense. surdlty, so long as we realize that' sense' is used, in this find would which way a in is, that way: inded text, III a ~tnctly literal-m is child 'The orth's Wordsw .

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. Also B. LEE, loc. cit. An excellent linguistic account of parallelism is to be found in R.

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