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By Geoffrey N. Leech

Seeks to illustrate that the learn of English poetry is enriched by means of the insights of recent linguistic research, and that linguistic and demanding disciplines aren't separate yet complementary. studying a variety of poetry, Professor Leech considers many features of poetic kind, together with the language of prior and current, artistic language, poetic licence, repetition, sound, metre, context and ambiguity.

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Deviatio c semanti and tical, gramma aphic, orthogr several instances of foreic linguist the that seen be would it red, conside were a longer passage certain ground ing is far from being spasmodic or random - it follows a undforegro by meant is what analyse to difficult is It own. rationale of its we feeling the in clear ely intuitiv is notion the but tic', ing being' systema 58 CHAPT ER FOUR have that there is some method in a poet's (and even in John Lennon 's) 'madness'. 4. 2 An Example A convincing illustration of the power offoregrounding to suggest latent significanceisfurnished by those modern poets (especiallyPoun d and Eliot) who make use ofthe stylistic device of transposing pieceso fordinary, nonpoetic language into a poetic context.

For example, when we say 'This story is beautif ul' mysticsome decidedly do not imply' This story is true' . Keats isproposing al unity of concepts which are ordinarily treated as distinct. is In poetry, TRANSFERENCE OF MEANING, or METAPHOR in its widest s~nse, on hension compre the process whereb y literal absurdity leads the mind to that a figurative plane. It is by far the most import ant single factor in I which by n transcendence of the normal resources of commu nicatio ~f eIem~nt an nt characterized poetic language in Chapte r 2.

8 Deviation of Historical Period We have noted the poet's ability to range over the multifariousness of the language without respect to boundaries of dialect and register. 1) that he has 'the freedom of the language', in the same sense that he is not restricted to the language of his own particular period, as is the case with more commo~placetypes oflinguistic transaction. It might be said, in fact,. tha: the medium o~Eng­ lish poetry is the English language viewed as a historical whole, not Just as a synchronous system shared by the writ~r.

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