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Poetry And Versification In Practice Essay

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Introduction to English Literary StudiesPoetry and Versification in Practice:Emily Dickinson: 712. [Because I could not stop for Death…]E. A. Poe: Annabel LeeKatalin G. KállayVocabulary - equipment: not for its own sake, but to be put into practice in the experience of reading.Complex experience: is analysis the best way to relate to it? (Taking a text apart, technically examining small details - like a dissection - might fill us with fear: can we put it back together again?)Literary analysis: necessary not for the sake of description but for the sake of discovery/surprise! Its aim is not to kill the text but to bring it alive even more, to come to terms with our own reading experience.There are no set rules for the process, it may differ from text to text, might change from reading to reading. There is no single "correct" solution, rather multiple ways of approaching and interpreting a text. Aim: to open a dialogue we enter into, to discover more and more possibilities of meaning and to find a stand for the unique experience.Some basic devices: text ( context; context ( textPossible steps to take:1.Context is necessary in order to understand more (about the age, the author, the literary trends of the period, the style, possible allusions, former authors' influence, later authors' references, other readers' experiences, etc.) Again a danger: killing the text with too much of context in the analysis![Dickinson, Poe: 19th century, love and death: classic main topics. Both poets: isolated from the company of others, self-imposed exile, wrote for themselves, out of a spiritual need, not for the sake of communication.Dickinson: spiritual impersonal confessions, concrete situations -- abstract concepts! Secluded lifestyle, observation, contemplation. Death: one of her basic themes, natural part of life! In this poem: personified. Dickinson's modernity was discovered long after her death, she became very popular in the 20th century.Poe: master of words, of musicality - poet, prose writer, theorist, critic. "Poet maudit" ('condemned poet') - legendary life, series of disasters. Subterranean horrors - mainly in prose works. Poetry: "the elevation of the soul", through it, one can get a glimpse of the realm of supernal beauty. "Death of a beautiful lady: the most poetic topic in the world." Annabel Lee: not a juvenile poem, it's his last piece, written a few days before he died.]2. Text: Sounds - basic assumption: it makes sense/gives an experience.Poetry: close to music, to orality, so every time we start analyzing a poem, it is useful to read it aloud! At this point, we have an overall impression but it still has to be understood more subtly. Rhythm, rhyme: organically part of it; form and content belong together, they are inseparable.[Dickinson: iambic rhythm, actually: ballad meter. Rhymes: strange, as if it were the consonants, not the vowels that counted - e.g. ring/sun, away/civility, chill/tulle, etc. - frequent usage of dashes makes...

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