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

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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Contents

The Theory and Methodology of the Narratological Analysis of Lyric Poetry Peter Hiihn and Jorg Schonert
1
They flee from me Jens Kiefer
15
Sonnet 107 Peter Hiihn
23
The Canonization Jens Kiefer
35
To His Coy Mistress Peter Hiihn
45
Verses on the Death of Dr Swift Jens Kiefer
57
Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard Peter Hiihn
79
Kubla Khan Peter Hiihn
95
Promises like PieCrust Jens Kiefer
139
The Voice Peter Hiihn
147
Portrait of a Lady Peter Hiihn
157
The Second Coming Peter Hiihn
177
Man and Bat Peter Hiihn
187
I Remember I Remember Peter Hiihn
201
Ode to Suburbia Peter Hiihn
213
The Results of the Analyses
233

Ode on Melancholy Peter Hiihn
111
The Bishop Orders His Tomb at Saint Praxeds Church Peter Hiihn
125

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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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