By James I. Wimsatt

ISBN-10: 0802091547

ISBN-13: 9780802091543

Although almost unknown in his lifetime, Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889) is counted this day one of the nice nineteenth-century poets. His poetry used to be accumulated and released posthumously by way of his good friend Robert Bridges in 1917, and as a result Hopkins's popularity flowered, notwithstanding extra as a latest author than as Victorian, and extremely little as a poetic theorist. but the physique of Hopkins's serious writing unearths sharp perception into the topic of poetics, and offers an cutting edge thought that locates basic poetic that means in 'figures of speech sound.'

These 'figures of speech sound' give you the concentration for James I. Wimsatt's erudite and unique examine. Drawing from Hopkins's diaries, letters, pupil essays, and correspondence with poet-friends, Wimsatt illuminates Hopkins's conception that the sound of poetic language includes an emotional, now not purely logical and grammatical, which means. Wimsatt concentrates his research on Hopkins's writings approximately 'sprung rhythm,' 'lettering,' and 'inscape,' - his coinages - and makes considerable connection with Hopkins's verse, displaying the way it exemplifies his language thought. A well-researched and hugely specific book, Hopkins's Poetics of Speech Sound asserts significant value for a comparatively ignored element of this significant poet's writings.

Show description

Read or Download Hopkins’s Poetics of Speech Sound: Sprung Rhythm, Lettering, Inscape PDF

Similar english literature books

Hugo Grotius and International Relations (Clarendon by Hedley Bull, Benedict Kingsbury, Adam Roberts PDF

Hugo Grotius (1583-1645), "the miracle of Holland," used to be recognized as a baby prodigy, theologian, historian, Dutch political determine, escaped political prisoner, and at last as Sweden's Ambassador to France. Addressing his contribution to diplomacy, this e-book severely reappraises Grotius' concept, evaluating it to his predecessors and studying it within the context of the wars and controversies of his time.

Download e-book for iPad: Lovesickness and Gender in Early Modern English Literature by Lesel Dawson

In early sleek scientific texts, extreme unfulfilled erotic hope is held to be a true and virulent ailment: it really is labeled as a species of depression, with actual etiologies and treatments. Lesel Dawson analyzes literary representations of lovesickness relating to scientific rules approximately hope and wider questions on gender and identification, exploring the various ways in which hope is assumed to take root within the physique, how gender roles are encoded and contested in courtship, and the psychic pains and pleasures of pissed off ardour.

Performances of the Sacred in Late Medieval and Early Modern - download pdf or read online

Groups have frequently formed themselves round cultural areas set aside and declared sacred. For this function, church buildings, clergymen or students at least writers usually perform giving sacred figures a neighborhood habitation and, occasionally, voice or identify. yet no matter what websites, rites, photos or narratives have hence been built, additionally they bring up a few advanced questions: how can the sacred be provided and but guarded, claimed but hid, staged in public and while stored unique?

Allen J. Frantzen's Anglo-Saxon Keywords PDF

Anglo-Saxon key terms provides a chain of entries that display the hyperlinks among sleek rules and scholarship and the imperative suggestions of Anglo-Saxon literature, language, and fabric tradition. unearths vital hyperlinks among primary suggestions of the Anglo-Saxon interval and matters we predict approximately at the present time finds how fabric culture—the heritage of work, medication, expertise, id, masculinity, intercourse, nutrients, land use—is as very important because the heritage of principles deals a richly theorized method that intersects with many disciplines in and out of medieval stories content material:

Additional info for Hopkins’s Poetics of Speech Sound: Sprung Rhythm, Lettering, Inscape

Sample text

A prime problem for the writer in Hopkins’s conception of poetry is that in common or ‘running’ verse rhythm, the rhythmic repetitions of the foot patterns always threaten to reduce the naturalness – speechlikeness – of poetic expression. Hopkins’s strictures may indicate that this is the case with Tennyson’s and Burns’s verse. Sprung rhythm avoids such perils by reconciling the apparently ‘incompatible excellences’ of irregular speech rhythm and regular verse rhythm. The other English writers that Hopkins finds to be successful as poets, we might infer, also manage such reconciliation through distinctive variations of regular rhythms, generally iambic, which he identifies as ‘near the language of common talk’ in both Greek and English ( J 274), that make the rhythmic regularities less overt: Shakespeare’s dramatic variations, Wordsworth’s meditative progress, Herbert’s subtle changes of pace, Milton’s ‘singular’ cadences (LI 156).

A number of their feet are, in fact, paeons, but most consist of three syllables or less, so the meaning of the notations is a matter for speculation: they may indicate isochronous foot timing with the paeon a usual syllable limit. He does not mention a Sprung Rhythm: The Music of Speech 23 dominant foot pattern for his other sprung rhythm works. ’ He adds that in sprung rhythm even longer feet than the paeon are ‘allowed for special rhythmic effects’ (LII, 39). It is notable, furthermore, that Hopkins’s specific examples of sprung rhythm more often point up use of monosyllabic rather than foursyllable feet.

Deutschland, line 10). His markings of stress in the manuscripts also very often indicate monosyllabic feet. The proselikeness of sprung rhythm, then, lies in its free mixing of foot types, the range of one to four-syllable feet producing both adjacent and widely separated stresses, which tend to obscure the underlying regularity of the rhythm. ’ He emphasizes that the naturalness results from a carefully planned rhythm. It is not laxity in timing or inattention to syntax that gives rise to the proselikeness of his sprung rhythm.

Download PDF sample

Hopkins’s Poetics of Speech Sound: Sprung Rhythm, Lettering, Inscape by James I. Wimsatt

by Daniel

Rated 4.36 of 5 – based on 3 votes