The Narratological Analysis of Lyric Poetry: Studies in English Poetry from the 16th to the 20th Century

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Walter de Gruyter, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 259 pages
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This study offers a fresh approach to the theory and practice of poetry criticism from a narratological perspective. Arguing that lyric poems share basic constituents of narration with prose fiction, namely temporal sequentiality of events and verbal mediation, the authors propose the transgeneric application of narratology to the poetic genre with the aim of utilizing the sophisticated framework of narratological categories for a more precise and complex modeling of the poetic text. On this basis, the study provides a new impetus to the neglected field of poetic theory as well as to methodology. The practical value of such an approach is then demonstrated by detailed model analyses of canonical English poems from all major periods between the 16th and the 20th centuries. The comparative discussion of these analyses draws general conclusions about the specifics of narrative structures in lyric poetry in contrast to prose fiction.

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Sonnet 107 Peter Hühn
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Ode on Melancholy Peter Hühn
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About the author (2005)

Peter Hühn is Professor of English Literature at Hamburg University and member of the Research Group Narratology, Hamburg, Germany.

Jens Kiefer is associate member of the Research Group Narratology, Hamburg, Germany.

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