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Description - Poetic Gesture by Kristine S. Santilli

This study addresses the problem of meaning as it is conveyed by poetic language, attempting to move beyond some of the obstacles and boundaries of contemporary critical approaches. By providing a phenomenological context, and through a theoretical contemplation of certain myths as embodiments of the tacit 'logic' of poetry, the book argues that poems convey meaning much the way that spontaneous unreadable gestures do. The poetic gesture bears a silent, inarticulate linguistic being of its own form that arises within and alongside the poem as an unreadable gesture, and that bridges with insistent sound, for the poem's moment, the distance between meaning and speech. Moving between theory and practice, and drawing upon the poetry of Wallace Stevens whose work is embedded with a richness and complexity of gesture, the author shows how the poetic text sustains and embodies an inconvertible, ancient and innately human form of linguistic knowledge.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415938686
ISBN-10: 0415938686
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 178
Imprint: Routledge Member of the Taylor and Francis Group
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 31-Oct-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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